DUI Penalties

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Washington State DUI Penalties

When a person is arrested for DUI, the first thing that crosses his or her mind are the penalties associated with a DUI charge and what they could possibly mean for his or her future.

In the State of Washington, DUI charges are aggressively prosecuted.

We at Callahan Law, P.S., Inc. work to help shield our clients from being punished to the full extent of the law. A DUI conviction could easily disrupt a person’s life and damage his or her employment and housing prospects in the future.

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Penalties for Those 21 and Older Include:

Breath or Blood Alcohol Test Result less than < .150 or No Test Result
OR
Blood Test Result w/ any drug or w/ 5 nanograms of THC or more

No Prior Offense 1 Prior Offense w/ 7 years 2 Prior Offenses w/ 7 years
Min/Max Jail Time 1 Day/ 364 days 30 days/ 364 days 90 days/ 364 days
Electronic Home Monitoring (EHM) 15 days instead of jail 60 days mandatory 120 days OR a minimum of 8 additional days jail
Min/Max Fine (fees/ assessments, not including probation fees) $990.50 / $5k $1,245.50 / $5k $2,095.50 / $5k
License Suspension/ Revocation (Day for Day Credit given for administrative suspension/ revocation) 90 days 2 year revocation 3 year revocation
Diagnostic substance use evaluation and follow recommendations. Required Expanded Evaluation Required Expanded Evaluation Required

**Ignition Interlock Device Restriction required in all cases (first IID restriction at least 1 year; 2nd IID restriction at least 5 years; 3rd at least 10 years)**

Breath or Blood Alcohol Test Result .150 or Higher or Test Refused

No Prior Offense 1 Prior Offense w/ 7 years 2 Prior Offenses w/ 7 years
Min/Max Jail Time 2 days/ 364 days 45 days/ 364 days 120 days/ 364 days
Electronic Home Monitoring (EHM) 30 days instead of jail 90 days mandatory 150 days OR a minimum of 10 additional days jail
Min/Max Fine (fees/ assessments, not including probation fees) $1,245.50 / $5k $1,670.50 / $5k $2,945.50 / $5k
License Revocation (Day for Day Credit given for administrative suspension/ revocation) 1 year/ 2 years if test refused 900 days/ 3 years if refused 4 year revocation
Obtain diagnostic substance use evaluation and follow recommendations. Required Expanded Evaluation Required Expanded Evaluation Required

**Ignition Interlock Device Restriction required in all cases (first IID restriction at least 1 year; 2nd IID restriction at least 5 years; 3rd at least 10 years)**

For those who are accused of refusing the breath test, or who have prior DUI convictions, the penalties are more severe.

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Washington State has some of the toughest DUI laws in our nation. These laws carry increasingly severe penalties for those who drink and drive. Washington lowered the BAC limit from .10 to 0.08 in January of 1999. Drivers with a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) at .08 or above can now be convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol. In addition, because public sentiment is so very negative toward drunk drivers, prosecutors will often pursue a DUI conviction even when the driver’s test result is well under .08! This is possible because they can obtain a conviction if they can show the person drove while “affected by” alcohol, and/or marijuana or any drug, including prescription or over-the-counter medications.

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