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Washington D.C. DUI Information

In Washington D.C., anyone with a measurable amount of blood alcohol content can be arrested.  A determination of .05% can result in a DWI conviction, but .08% is a violation in and of itself.  First time offenders will generally not face any jail time, but will be required to attend a substance abuse treatment program providing their blood alcohol content was not greater than .10%.  If an offender’s blood alcohol content is .20% or higher, a mandatory jail term may be imposed even if a conviction is a first for the offender.

In Washington D.C., driving under the influence (DUI) can often result in a conviction without any testing.  Evidence supporting an impairment is often sufficient for DUI charges.  DWI, on the other hand, means that the driver was driving while intoxicated.  For this conviction to be upheld, the offender must have a certain amount of alcohol in his/her system, which is usually .08% or higher.

In addition to regular fines, first time offenders can expect to receive a possible license suspension.  Anyone refusing to submit to a blood alcohol content test, on the other hand, will face an additional license suspension.

Washington D.C. offenders may be required to undergo some type of alcohol evaluation and/or treatment program if the court deems it necessary.  This is especially true with offenders who have a high blood alcohol content, which may signify an alcohol dependency. 

Youthful offenders, who consist of anyone under the age of 21 with any measurable trace of alcohol in their system, will be subject to license suspension, fines, possible referral to a court ordered treatment/counseling program, etc.  Individuals who are involved in a DUI, which causes personal injury or death, may face felony charges and much harsher penalties.

Upon conviction or an admission of guilt, DUI offenders are commonly faced with problems relating to their insurance company.  Immediately being labeled as “high risk” drivers, offenders are often dropped by their insurance company altogether or, at the very least, are required to pay much higher rates than before.  In the event that the offender is forced to look for a new insurance provider, he/she may have a difficult time finding a new company who offers high risk policies but, if they do, the rates will likely be extremely high for the amount of coverage granted.

 

 

 

 

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