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South Dakota DUI Laws

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The maximum prescribed legal BAC limit in South Dakota is 0.08% per se
(effective from July 1st 2002)

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South Dakota Drunk Driving Laws

Unlike many states, South Dakota does NOT have a separate administrative per se action against the accused drunk driver’s license.

South Dakota is a member of the Interstate Drivers License Compact
An agreement between participating states to share information regarding certain types of convictions including DUI - DWI and related Drunk Driving offenses. If a resident of one state gets convicted of a drunk driving offense in another state, the driver's home state will be notified. The type of action that the driver's home state will take will vary from state to state.

South Dakota DUI Laws and BAC limits

ALL DRIVERS - BAC LIMIT = 0.08%
In the State of South Dakota it is crime for ANY driver to drive with a BAC (blood alcohol content - concentration) of 0.08% and above.

COMMERCIAL DRIVERS - BAC LIMIT = 0.04%
It is a crime for commercial vehicle operators to drive with a BAC (blood alcohol content - concentration) of 0.04% or above.

MINOR (under the age of 21) - BAC LIMIT = 0.02%
It is a crime for persons under 21 years of age to drive with a BAC (blood alcohol content - concentration) of 0.02% or above.

It is an offense to refuse to submit to a chemical test in South Dakota and implied consent laws are enforced.

!! CAUTION - Driving Ability Impaired !!

You can be prosecuted in South Dakota without driving while you are over the legal prescribed bac limit.

Under South Dakota law, it is unlawful to drive with a BAC limit above the per se laws OR to drive while impaired under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

Under this law the prosecution must show that the driver was IMPAIRED by alcohol and/or drugs. The level of impairment is usually based on observations and evidence of driving ability (or rather inability), physical appearance, field sobriety tests and any other relevant evidence which can help prove a persons driving ability was indeed impaired. Different amounts of alcohol can affect people in different ways, what may impair one persons driving ability and make them feel drunk, might not necessarily impair another persons driving ability.

Observations from a law enforcement officer that may lead to being stopped and arrested include:

  • Making a turn too widely or narrowly
  • Using two lanes, straddling the center line
  • Almost hitting someone or something
  • Weaving or drifting from one side of the road to another
  • Driving too slowly and being overly cautious
  • Driving too close to vehicle in front
  • Driving ON the center lines
  • Erratic braking
  • Swerving to correct course of vehicle

You can be charged with an offence regardless of your BAC level, as long as impairment can be proved to the legal extent necessary.

A skilled drunk driving attorney can help you defend any charges against you

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Penalties for DUI - Drunk Driving in South Dakota

South Dakota is a state with a ten-year ‘washout period’ also known as a 'look back period'.

NOTE: Out of State Convictions
Any convictions in other states, which, if committed in South Dakota would be a violation of South Dakota's DUI laws will count as prior convictions for sentencing purposes.


First DUI - Drunk Driving Conviction - Class 1 MISDEMEANOR

The penalty for a first DUI - drunk driving conviction in South Dakota:


Second DUI - Drunk Driving Conviction - Class 1 MISDEMEANOR

The penalty for a second DUI - drunk driving conviction in South Dakota:

  • Fine: up to $2,000 fine
  • Jail: up to 1 year in jail
  • License Revocation: not less than 1 year drivers license revocation
  • possible chemical dependency evaluation
  • South Dakota SR22 Insurance Requirement

Third DUI - Drunk Driving Conviction - Class 6 Felony

The penalty for a third DUI - drunk driving conviction in South Dakota:

  • Fine: up to $4,000 fine
  • Jail: up to 2 years imprisonment
  • License Revocation: not less than 1 year drivers license revocation
  • possible chemical dependency evaluation
  • South Dakota SR22 Insurance Requirement

Fourth DUI - Drunk Driving Conviction - Class 5 Felony

The penalty for a fourth DUI - drunk driving conviction in South Dakota:

  • Fine: up to $10,000 fine
  • Jail: up to 5 years imprisonment
  • License Revocation: not less than 2 years drivers license revocation
  • possible chemical dependency evaluation
  • South Dakota SR22 Insurance Requirement

Fifth DUI - Drunk Driving Conviction - Class 4 Felony

The penalty for a fifth DUI - drunk driving conviction in South Dakota:

  • Fine: up to $20,000 fine
  • Jail: up to 10 years imprisonment
  • License Revocation: not less than 3 years drivers license revocation
  • possible chemical dependency evaluation
  • South Dakota SR22 Insurance Requirement

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Implied consent LAWS

Implied Consent Chemical Testing

It is an offense to refuse to submit to a chemical test in South Dakota and implied consent laws are enforced.

Penalties for refusing to submit to a chemical test in South Dakota

If a person refuses to submit to a chemical test in South Dakota their drivers license will be suspended for 1 year for the refusal.

The refusal will also be admissible as evidence in any subsequent DUI trial and used to help secure a DUI conviction.

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Minimum liability insurance requirements for private passenger vehicles in the state of South Dakota

The minimum mandatory liability insurance coverage required in the state of South Dakota for private passenger vehicles is (25/50/25). This equates to the following liability coverage:

  • $25,000 bodily injury liability (BIL) per person
  • $50,000 for two or more people in one accident
  • $25,000 property damage liability (PDL) coverage

What is (BIL) Bodily Injury Liability insurance?

(BIL) Bodily Injury Liability insurance coverage will pay for serious and permanent injury or death to other people when a crash is caused by the insured. An auto insurance company will pay for injuries up to the limits specified in an insurance policy and will provide legal representation for the insured in the event someone tries to sue them.

What is (PDL) Property Damage Liability insurance?

(PDL) Property Damage Liability insurance coverage pays for damages an insured driver or members of an insured drivers family cause (and are liable for) to other people's property in a crash involving a motor vehicle.

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Disclaimer: While every effort is made to keep all information up to date, the South Dakota drunk driving laws change frequently and the information provided on this web site should not be construed as legal advice, nor is it necessarily complete. Drinkdriving.org shall not be held responsible for any actions a person may take as a result of information gathered from this web site. Consultation with a local South Dakota DUI lawyer is recommended in all cases.

 

Useful South Dakota DUI Links:

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Pa. Supreme Court Tackles Case Involving DUI Arrestee's Blood Test Refusal - Law.com


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Pa. Supreme Court Tackles Case Involving DUI Arrestee's Blood Test Refusal
Law.com
The Superior Court pointed to the United States Supreme Court's decision in South Dakota v. Neville, 380 U.S. 609 (1965), which reasoned that ?a person suspected of drunk driving has no constitutional right to refuse to take a blood-alcohol test ...


Thu, 21 Jun 2018 16:13:00 GMT

South Dakota one of worst states for teen drivers - KELO AM-FM (blog)


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South Dakota one of worst states for teen drivers
KELO AM-FM (blog)
There's some bad news about driving in South Dakota. A new study from Wallethub says South Dakota nearly leads the nation in teen DUI's and teen fatalities. Wallethub says an average of six teens dies nationally every day from motor vehicle injuries.


Wed, 13 Jun 2018 11:02:19 GMT

Study Ranks SD 2nd Worst State For Teen Drivers - Yankton Daily Press


Yankton Daily Press

Study Ranks SD 2nd Worst State For Teen Drivers
Yankton Daily Press
Tony Mangan, public information officer for the South Dakota Department of Public Safety, told the Press & Dakotan, "A lot of our promotional efforts are really designed to focus on drivers of all ages, including teenage drivers. We stress wearing a ...

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Thu, 14 Jun 2018 03:39:35 GMT

Police blotter: Man allegedly assaults 13-year-old, partner assault, DUI, drugs, teenager steals car - Montana Standard


Montana Standard

Police blotter: Man allegedly assaults 13-year-old, partner assault, DUI, drugs, teenager steals car
Montana Standard
Police responded early Saturday morning to the 400 block of South Dakota Street after receiving a report of a disturbance between a man and a woman. When officers arrived, police said, they observed a man and a woman arguing in an alley. The woman ...


Tue, 12 Jun 2018 00:23:05 GMT

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