There is never a valid reason for drinking and driving. In this age of rideshares available at the touch of a button almost anywhere, DUIs seem particularly unforgivable. DUI penalties reflect this change with harsher punishments that can affect the rest of your life. States like Nebraska are coming down hard on irresponsible drivers who choose to get behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
There are currently severe repercussions for Nebraska Felony DUI convictions. As in all U.S. states, you are considered to be driving under the influence with a BAC of 0.08% or above or if visibly impaired. According to state law, possessing a Nebraska driver’s license means you consent to BAC testing and you may not refuse to submit to testing.
If your blood alcohol content is found to be above legal limits, you will be charged with a DUI. Your first through fourth offenses can be charged as misdemeanors of increasing degrees of severity, unless your BAC is over 0.15% and your charge is considered an Aggravated DUI which can result in a felony charge earlier.
Nebraska Felony DUI law automatically kicks in at the fifth DUI offense but is at the prosecutor’s discretion from the third non-aggravated offense in 10 years. That’s where the laws could get tougher, as the majority of states have a felony penalty at three convictions (three strikes).
The punishments for a Nebraska Felony DUI include, but are not limited to:
- Up to 20 years in prison, 1-year mandatory, and/or up to $25,000 fine.
- 12 points added to your driving record.
- License suspended for up to 15 years.
- Ignition interlock device once jail time is served.
With harsher punishments being issued across the nation, it is the hope that those who would be irresponsible enough to drink and drive will reconsider their available options. Call a cab, call a friend, or even call your mom, but do not get behind the wheel while under the influence.