WHAT IF… you get caught DUI in Barcelona?
- Either you stay below the limit, and you are free to go;
- Or you reach the limit within the offence is fined but does not imply a criminal offence (you lose points in your license, though);
- Or you are above the limit (i.e. 0.60 mg/l), and things get complicated, because it becomes a criminal offence, and YOU SHALL MOST LIKELY BE ARRESTED. This case shall be object of an additional entry in this Blog.
Between 0.51 (0.3 for professional drivers and rookies) and 0.6 the fine goes up to 1000 Euros and you lose 6 points.
Whereas many Courts accept community service as an alternative method of punishment (e.g. Badalona), Barcelona Courts are keen on imposing fines.
Disclaimer: this entry has been written in July 2017. The author waives and disclaims any responsibility if any of the information provided is inaccurate and/or has been amended and/or modified by later reforms.