If a person commits a DUI that causes serious injury or death to another, the offender must be sentenced to at least one year in prison. If the offender is at least 18 but not yet 21, the prison term is at least 90 days. If the offender is under 18, he or she will be prosecuted under North Dakota’s Uniform Juvenile Court Act.
A person who is at least 21 and commits a DUI while a minor was in the vehicle faces up to one year in prison, a $2,000 fine, or both.
In addition to other penalties associated with North Dakota’s DUI laws, a judge may require that an ignition interlock device be installed in the offender’s vehicle for a period of time that the judge finds appropriate.
In addition to other penalties that may apply under North Dakota’s DUI laws, a commercial driver will be disqualified from driving a commercial vehicle for at least one year if the driver commits a DUI while driving any vehicle. If, however, the driver was operating a commercial vehicle and transporting hazardous materials at the time, the disqualification period is at least three years. A commercial driver who commits a second DUI while driving any vehicle will be disqualified from driving a commercial vehicle for life, which may or may not be reduced to a period of 10 years.
Drivers under 18 who commit a DUI in North Dakota will be prosecuted under the state’s Uniform Juvenile Court Act. The driver’s license suspension periods applicable to adults apply to all drivers, regardless of age.
This statute creates a cause of action for damages for personal injuries caused by intoxication against any person who knowingly provides alcohol to a minor or to an obviously intoxicated person. Damages are measured in proportion to fault. Under this statute, neither the intoxicated person nor an adult passenger in a car driven by the intoxicated person can file suit.
In North Dakota, it is a crime to provide alcohol to a person under 21 or to an obviously intoxicated person. A person who violates this law is subject to up to one year in prison, a fine of up to $2,000, or both.
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