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DUI Criminal Penalties

The State of Washington classifies DUI as a Gross Misdemeanor and has the possibility of 364/days in jail and a $5000 fine. It is unlikely that a judge would impose the maximum penalty on a first offense.  However, Washington State does have mandatory jail time for all DUI convictions.

FIRST DUI CONVICTION (within 7 years)

Breath Test of 0.15 or BELOW or No test (you must not have refused the breath test)

  1. 1-364 days in jail (judge must impose 1 day jail)
  2. $1200 - $5000 in fines.
  3. 90 day drivers license suspension
  4. SR - 22 drivers license insurance for three years
  5. Ignition Interlock device required to drive for 1 year
  6. Alcohol Evaluation and Treatment
  7. Court supervised probation for a period of 2-5 years
  8. Travel to Canada prohibited

Breath Test of 0.15 or ABOVE or refusal to take a breath test

  1. Between 2-364 days in jail (judge must impose minimum of 2 days)
  2. Between $1200 - $5000 in fines.
  3. 1 year drivers license suspension or 2 years if refusal
  4. SR-22 Insurance for 3 years
  5. Ignition Interlock Device required to drive for 1 year
  6. Alcohol Evaluation and Treatment
  7. Court Supervised probation for a period of 2-5 years
  8. Travel to Canada prohibited

 

SECOND DUI CONVICTION (within 7 years)

  1. Between 30-364 days in jail (judge must impose minimum of 30 days)
  2. Between $1200 - $5000 in fines.
  3. 2 year drivers license suspension or 2 years
  4. SR-22 Insurance for 3 years
  5. Ignition Interlock Device required to drive for 1-5 years
  6. Alcohol Evaluation and Treatment
  7. Court Supervised probation for a period of 2-5 years
  8. Travel to Canada prohibited

Breath Test of 0.15 or ABOVE or refusal to take a breath test

  1. Between 45-364 days in jail (judge must impose minimum of 45 days)
  2. Between $1200 - $5000 in fines.
  3. 1 year drivers license suspension or 2 years if refusal
  4. SR-22 Insurance for 3 years
  5. Ignition Interlock Device required to drive for 1 year
  6. Alcohol Evaluation and Treatment
  7. Court Supervised probation for a period of 2-5 years
  8. Travel to Canada prohibited

KING & SNOHOMISH COUNTY

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Snohomish County: Bothell, Lynnwood, Edmonds, Everett

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