What are the penalties for blood alcohol levels?


Our recommendation is that you do not drink a drop of alcohol if you are going to drive. In this article on the effects of this type of drink when driving a car, you will find the reasons for such a statement.

What are the penalties for blood alcohol levels

Steps to follow:

Before starting, we warn that the penalties for drunk driving are not light, something that, on the other hand, we consider to be very logical, given that we put the lives of many people at risk if we drive under the influence of alcohol.

In relation to criminal proceedings, the driver who drives a car with more than 0.6 mg/l in the air will be punished with one of these measures:

  • 3 to 6 months in prison.
  • 6 to 12 months of fine and work for the benefit of the community from 31 to 90 days.

In addition, the card will be withdrawn between 1 and 4 years.

If, in addition to driving drunk, it is considered that the driver acts with manifest recklessness, that is, putting the life or integrity of people at risk, the criminal sanction is:

  • 6 months to 2 years in prison.
  • Between 1 and 6 years of card withdrawal.

On the other hand, regarding the administrative route, if you test positive with more than 0.5 mg/l in expired air or 0.3 in the case of professional or novice drivers, you will be administratively sanctioned as follows:

  • Fine of 500 euros that is multiplied by 2 in case of recidivism or double the allowed rate.
  • Withdrawal of 6 points from the card.

In the event that the level of alcohol in expired air is greater than 0.25 mg/l and less than 0.5 or is between 0.15 and 0.30 in the case of novices or professionals, the sanction is as follows:

  • 500 euro fine.
  • Withdrawal of 4 points from the card.

When the rate exceeds 0.6 mg/l in expired air, we are already talking about a criminal offense and the sanctions described in points 2 and 3 of this article are applied.

We recommend that you consult this article on the blood alcohol levels of the most common drinks. And remember, no matter how little alcohol you drink, your ability to drive will already be affected, so think twice about driving a car in those circumstances.


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