Legal Blood Alcohol Limit By State
What is the Legal Limit in your State?
In every state, it is a crime to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs; however, drunk driving penalties differ by state.
Depending on where you live, your state may impose enhanced DUI penalties for certain BAC levels.
Many states have also enacted zero tolerance laws for underage drinking and driving, but zero doesn't always mean zero. In some states, zero means .01% or greater and in others is means .02% or greater. In a few states, zero actually means zero.
If you've been charged with a DUI, get a free DUI case evaluation by a local drunk driving lawyer:
The quick reference chart below will let you know the BAC limit in your state for you to be charged with a DUI or DWI.
*N/A - No specific enhanced penalty statute.
Note: This list is for illustrative purposes only and is not legal advice. For the latest information on these DUI laws, consult a local DUI attorney. State BAC levels were last updated as of April 2013; However, please keep in mind that laws may have changed since our last update. This chart is for general informational purposes only and cannot be relied upon as legal advice.