Anyone who drives after drinking alcohol takes a gamble. First, you bet you can operate a heavy machine (i.e., your car) while under the influence of a drug. If you lose that bet, you could end up harming someone on the road, not to mention yourself and family. Every year in America, there are 10,000 deaths from drunk driving that prove people keep don’t understand the consequences.
In addition to the physical danger, you could damage yourself financially and professionally with a DUI offense. According to a 2017 study by WalletHub, the strictest states in the country can hit you with 180 days of jail time and a felony conviction for a second offense. Meanwhile, you won’t have a driver’s license for six months or more. If that’s not enough trouble for you, don’t forget about the fines you’ll owe, your higher insurance rates, and the potential of losing your job.
Certainly, there are U.S. states (including Ohio and North Dakota) where a DUI offense may not affect your life in such a big way. However, there are many places where a drunk driving conviction could practically ruin you. Let’s take a quick look at the 15 states with the toughest DUI laws in America.