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In the State of Washington there is a tiered system for sentencing regarding DUI cases with a lower penalty for offenders with a .08 blood alcohol content (BAC) and higher penalties for offenders possessing a BAC at or above .15. There are additional violations for refusal to submit and or associated criminal charges related to a DUI arrest that may incur additional administrative penalties or criminal penalties.
Criminal Penalties in the State of Washington – First Offense
For the first offense convictions carry a mandatory incarceration of one (1) day, two(2)days for offenders with BAC in excess of .15%. Maximum incarceration in either case cannot exceed one (1) year.
The State of Washington may employ a form of community control, known as electronic home monitoring, in lieu of mandatory incarceration for a period of fifth(15) days or thirty (30) days, depending on BAC of driver.
Fines are many and start at a minimum of $865 to a maximum of $5,000 for offenders with a BAC below .15%. Offenders with BAC above .15% face fines of at least $1,120. but not more than $5,000. Fines do not include costs related to completion of sentence or reinstatement of license.
Criminal Penalties in the State of Washington – Second Offense
If you have been arrested the second time for a DUI in Washington you will serve a minimum of 30 days or up to 1 year and 60 days of electronic home monitoring. Fines can be up to $5,000. You will be ordered to install a ignition interlock device on your vehicle at your own expense.
The third time you are convicted of drunk driving in Washington you will spend a minimum of 90 days in jail and 150 days of electronic home monitoring at the convicted drivers expense, with fines up to $5,000. Your drivers license will be suspended for 3 years. You will be ordered to install a ignition interlock device on your vehicle at your own expense.
For more information regarding how the State of Washington handles DUI cases, visit the Washington State Courts Website.
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