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Washington DUI Information

In the state of Washington, anyone with a blood alcohol level of .08%, or greater, is considered to be DUI.  First time offenders will be subject to a minimum of 24 hours, and a maximum of 365 days, in jail.  The minimum jail time is increased to 48 hours for anyone whose blood alcohol content is determined to be .15% or higher.  In lieu of incarceration, the court may order an electronic home monitoring device be worn by the offender.  In addition, a fine ranging from $350.00 to $5,000.00 will be imposed.

First time offenders can expect to receive a license suspension ranging from 90 days to 1 year.  Anyone refusing to submit to a blood alcohol content test, on the other hand, will face an additional license suspension of up to one year.  In some instances, a judge may require an offender to install, at his/her own expense, an ignition interlock device.  This unit is installed on an automobile and prevents an individual from driving if there is any alcohol in their system.  Washington state offenders may also be required to undergo some type of alcohol evaluation and/or treatment program if the court deems it necessary.

Youthful offenders, who consist of anyone under the age of 21 with any trace of alcohol in their system, will be subject to license revocation, up to 365 days imprisonment and a fine of up to $5,000.00. 

In some instances, an offender may plead guilty and be placed on probation.  In this scenario, the probation will likely continue for a period of 5 years.  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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