DUI Penalties in Other Countries
By: Mary Ann Pekara
Drinking and driving is considered to be a serious offense throughout the world. That's why many countries have created different penalties to discourage this illegal practice. The laws vary, depending on factors such as culture, religion and the driver's level of intoxication.
Here is a sampling of how some countries have designed laws to prevent drunk driving, though please keep in mind that these laws may have changed since our last update:
It is against the law in Australia to drive with a BAC level of .05 or over, and in some cases, it is a crime to drive with a BAC of .02 or over. Australian DUI penalties will depend on the territory the person resides or is convicted in. Generally, a convicted drunk driver can expect fines, loss of license, and possible jail time, but the penalties will vary based on blood alcohol level and the severity of the offense.
DUI offenders can incur heavy fines for breaking this country's laws. Additionally, they may also lose or have their license suspended for up to three years and/or face jail time depending on the severity of the offense and whether there are multiple convictions.
Norway has a very low BAC level- drivers can be convicted for driving with a BAC of .02 or more. Convicted drunk drivers are fined based on their personal wealth and income and can face having their licenses revoked or suspended.
Russia has a zero tolerance law and ff an individual is caught driving under the influence of alcohol, his or her license can be suspended for up to 2 years. It doesn't matter if it's a first offense. There can also be jail time and longer suspensions for multiple offenses.
Your DUI Conviction in Other Countries
Some foreign countries will deny people entry into the country if they have a DUI conviction. Some countries may even consider a DUI conviction in a U.S. court a punishable offense in its own court, giving that country the ability to punish you for the offense, too.
If you've received a DUI in the past and are considering traveling abroad, be sure to check with the U.S. State Department or with that country's U.S. embassy for any travel restrictions.
If you're currently facing DUI charges and concerned about your future ability to travel, speak with a DUI attorney about ways to possibly fight your charges and secure your mobility.