Law No. 2617-VIII On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine Concerning the Simplification of Certain Categories of Criminal Offences prior to Court Investigation, which provides, inter alia, for tougher punishment for driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs or other intoxicating substances, was adopted by the Parliament in November 2018. The norm of criminal liability for "intoxicated" driving was to come into force from January 1, 2020, but was postponed by the new parliament until July 1, 2020.
In particular, Article 286-1 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine appeared, according to which driving vehicles under the influence of alcohol, drugs, other intoxications or drugs that reduce attention and reaction rate is a criminal offence. Information about the criminal record remains in the electronic database of the National Police and will be displayed in the certificate of absence/presence of criminal record.
In accordance with the law, criminal liability is incurred for:
The penalties for drunken driving have also been increased:
The main innovation is that driving drunk will now be considered a criminal offence rather than an administrative offence.
Thus, the driver will get a criminal record under the new article 286-1 of the Criminal Code - even if it is the first time he is detained for an offence.
The criminal record remains in the electronic database of the National Police, even if it is repaid later - which can obviously affect a person's life and career path. And in the certificate of absence / criminal record record will always be displayed.