DUI Laws in Vermont

Laws and penalties for DUI in Vermont.

In Vermont, you can get a DUI if you drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or higher, regardless of whether your driving ability was actually impaired.

(For an estimate of how many drinks it takes to hit the legal limit, check out our BAC table.)

And the law in Vermont says that if you are driving a vehicle, you have given consent to submit to a chemical test for the purpose of determining the amount of alcohol in your blood. Here are some details on the consequences of refusing to take a chemical test in Vermont and other details about Vermont DUI law.

In Vermont, what are the consequences of refusing to take a chemical test (usually a breathalyzer or blood test) when suspected of DUI?

Here are the consequences for not taking a breathalyzer or blood test in Vermont, broken out by whether this is your first, second, or third offense:

1st offense

2nd offense

3rd offense

6-month license suspension

18-month license suspension

18-month license suspension

In Vermont, when do police have to measure your blood alcohol content (BAC)?

In Vermont, law enforcement officers are supposed to measure your BAC at the time of driving. However, prosecutors may be able to prove your culpability for DUI even if your BAC is taken later than this time.

What is the maximum BAC for drivers under 21 in Vermont?

In Vermont, the maximum blood alcohol content (BAC) for drivers who are under 21 (considered minors under some drinking and driving laws) is .02%. Penalties include: 6-month suspension (first offense); suspension until age 21 (second and subsequent offenses).

What are the minimum jail times for a DUI in Vermont?

Here are the minimum jail times for a DUI in Vermont, broken out by whether this is your first, second, or third offense:

1st offense

2nd offense

3rd offense

No minimum required jail term

60 hours jail

100 hours jail

How long will prior DUI convictions remain relevant for sentencing purposes in Vermont?

In Vermont, prior DUI convictions stay on your record (and can be counted against you when you are being sentenced for another DUI/DWI offense) for good.

Can a DUI be “pleaded down” to a "wet reckless" in Vermont?

In Vermont, it’s possible for a motorist who’s accused of driving under the influence to “plea bargain” for a lesser charge. When such a plea bargain is for a reckless driving charge (called “negligent operation” in Vermont), it’s sometimes called a “wet reckless.”

(Read more about plea bargaining in Vermont DUI cases and the consequences of a negligent operation conviction.)

Are ignition interlock devices (IIDs) required for convicted DUI offenders in Vermont?

No.

Where can I get more information about DUI laws in Vermont?

Nolo's DUI / DWI topic has many helpful articles, including a Drunk Driving, DUI, and DWI FAQ. For more help after a DUI arrest, see Nolo's Lawyer Directory, where you can view in-depth profiles of Vermont DUI attorneys in your area.

Last updated on 09/01/2010.

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