Washington State is known for having some of the toughest DUI penalties in the nation. These DUI penalties are harsh to prevent repeat drunk driving. Penalties for a first time DUI offender are dictated by the BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) reading taken at the police station, consequences are worse for a BAC result more than .15 or a refusal to blow, than compared to consequences for a BAC result less than .15.
If the BAC result is less than .15; than an individual found guilty of DUI would be facing 1-364 days in jail or 15 days of EHM (Electric Home Monitoring). Fines range from $941.00 to $5,000.00. Their Washington State driver’s license would be suspended for 90 days, and an ignition interlock device would be required in any car they drive.
If the BAC result is more than .15 or refused; than an individual found guilty of DUI would be facing 2-364 days in jail or 30 days of EHM. Fines range from $1,196.00 to $5,000.00. Their Washington State driver’s license would be revoked for 1 year if their BAC result was more than .15 or if the individual refused the BAC reading than their driver’s license would be revoked for 2 years.
In addition to jail time, fines, and license suspensions, any first time DUI offender would have to get an alcohol evaluaion and complete the recommended DUI treatment programs. The judge may also order community service hours or work crew.
Contact the defense lawyers at David O Defense if you have been charged with a DUI. We offer a free consultation to discuss your case. Phone number 206-459-6392.