A person who drives drunk and causes another person to suffer serious bodily injury faces six months to one year in prison, a fine of $2,000 to $5,000, or both. A person who was previously convicted of drunk driving that caused serious bodily injury faces up to 20 years in prison. Under Wyoming law, “serious bodily injury” means bodily injury that creates a reasonable likelihood of death or which causes miscarriage or serious permanent disfigurement or protracted loss or impairment of any bodily member or organ.
Any person eighteen 18 years of age or older who has a child passenger in the vehicle during a violation of this section shall be punished upon conviction as follows:
An ignition interlock is required as follows: six months for the first offense; one year for the second offense; two years for the third offense; for life for a fourth or subsequent offense though the offender may petition the court for removal after five years.
In addition to other penalties that may apply under Wyoming’s DWI laws, a commercial driver who commits a first DWI while driving any vehicle will be disqualified from driving a commercial vehicle for at least one year. 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 DWI 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 not less than 10 years.
A driver under 21 who commits a youthful driver DWI is subject to a fine of up to $750 for the first violation. The driver’s license suspension period is 90 days. For a second conviction within one year, the underage offender faces up to one month imprisonment, a fine of up to $750, or both. The driver’s license suspension period is six months. For a third conviction within two years, the underage offender faces up to six months imprisonment, a fine of up to $750, or both. The driver’s license suspension period may be greater than six months.
Under this statute, a person who has legally provided alcohol to another is not liable for damages caused by the intoxication. Liability, however, can attach if a licensed drinking establishment or a homeowner illegally sold or furnished alcohol to a person under 21 and the underage drinker causes a third party to suffer an injury.
In Wyoming, it is crime to sell or furnish alcohol to any person under 21. This crime is punishable by a term of imprisonment of up to six months, a fine of up to $750, or both.
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