Top 5 States With the Harshest DUI Penalties

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Which states have the harshest drunk driving laws?

It's tough to say. Over the past decade or so, there's been a nationwide movement towards more uniform blood alcohol content (BAC) limits for DUI and DWI offenses, as well as more severe penalties. As a result, all 50 states and the District of Columbia have set a legal limit of a .08 BAC. And, nearly every state has increased the associated punishments.

So, it's difficult to quantify which states have the overall toughest DUI penalties. But, for the sake of discussion, these states have the longest automatic license suspensions for first-time offenders:

  1. Georgia: 12-month license suspension. possible jail time, ignition interlock, and community service
  2. Florida: Six-month license suspension, possible jail time, ignition interlock, and community service
  3. Iowa: Six-month license suspension, possible jail time and ignition interlock
  4. Indiana: Six-month license suspension, possible jail time and ignition interlock
  5. New Hampshire: Six-month license suspension, possible jail time and ignition interlock
DUI laws are often confusing and difficult to interpret on your own. If you've been arrested on a charge, it's smart to consult with a DUI lawyer who can clearly explain your state's rules and possible penalties.

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