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  • Writer's pictureĽudmila Porubová

Driving under influence in Czechia

Introduction


Driving under the influence of alcohol is a serious offense that can have severe consequences not only for your safety but also for your legal standing in the Czech Republic. In this article, we will explore the legal aspects of DUI in the Czech Republic and the repercussions individuals may face if caught driving while under influence.


Zero Tolerance Policy


The Czech Republic has adopted a strict zero-tolerance policy when it comes to driving under the influence of alcohol. Even the smallest amount of alcohol in your bloodstream can lead to legal consequences. It is therefore important to understand the potential penalties associated with DUI.


Alcohol limit less than 0.3 per mille


Even if your blood alcohol level falls under 0.3 per mille of alcohol in your blood, you are still considered to be driving under the influence. You will be committing an offense, which will be addressed as part of administrative proceedings. The penalties for this offense can include fines ranging from 2 500 to 20 000 CZK and a driving ban of 6 months to 1 year.


Alcohol limit 0.3 – 1 per mille


If you are found to have blood alcohol level within the range of 0.3 to 1 per mil during a breathalyzer test, you will be (probably) committing more serious form of the offense, also to be addressed as part of administrative proceedings. Penalties may vary based on administrative decisions. You can face fines between 2,500 to 20,000 CZK and a driving ban of up to 6 months to 1 year. Additionally, you will automatically receive 7 penalty points on your record.


Alcohol limit above 1 per mille - criminal offense


If you choose to drive while disqualified and have a blood alcohol level exceeding 1 per mille, your actions will be considered as crime. Specifically, this constitutes the criminal act of endangerment under the influence of an addictive substance. In addition to fines and a driving ban, you may face up to 1 year in prison. The severity of the punishment increases to 3 years in prison if you cause bodily harm to another person or significant damage to someone else's property. You can also be fined between 25,000 and 50,000 CZK, receive a driving ban, and be assigned 7 penalty points.


Refusing the Breathalyzer Test


Refusing to take a breathalyzer test also carries significant consequences. If you decline the test, you will be assigned 7 penalty points, face fines ranging from 25,000 to 50,000 CZK, and be banned from driving for 1 to 2 years.


Determining the Sentence


It is crucial to note that the sentence or combination of sentences you receive for a DUI offense in the Czech Republic depends on various factors. These include the degree of alcohol influence, the extent of damage caused, and your past traffic offense records. These factors are considered when determining the appropriate punishment.


Conclusion


Driving under the influence of alcohol in the Czech Republic is not taken lightly. With a zero-tolerance policy and strict penalties in place, it is essential for all drivers to understand the legal consequences of DUI. Drive responsibly, stay safe, and protect your legal standing. Should you find yourself in situation requiring legal help in relation to this topic, do not hesitate to contact us at info@expatlaw.cz.

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