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Washington DUI Penalties: Seattle-Bellevue-Everett-Tacoma

In the State of Washington, all crimes are classified by what the maximum possible penalty a judge could impose for the crime. The criminal charge of DUI is classified as a gross misdemeanor. A gross misdemeanor has a maximum penalty of 1 year in jail and a $5,000 fine. Some crimes, such as DUI have mandatory minimum penalties which prohibit the judge from going lower than the proscribed penalty if someone is convicted of the offense. These penalties are set by the legislature and are dependent on factors such as prior offenses, the level of the breath test or whether a person refused a breath test. The following chart sets forth the mandatory minimum penalties based upon those factors.*

This chart should only be used as a guideline for the possible penalties a judge could impose if there is a conviction for DUI. All cases vary and depending on other factors the penalties imposed could be higher.

FIRST DUI OFFENSE/ NO PRIOR DUI OFFENSE IN LAST 7 YEARS

Breath test under .15%
OR
No breath test but not a refusal

  • One day in jail minimum OR 15 days Electronic Home Detention
  • $940.50 total minimum fine w/statutory assessments
  • 90 days license suspension
  • SR-22 insurance for 3 years
  • Probationary license for 5 years after reinstatement
  • Probationary monitoring by the court for up to 5 years
  • Ignition interlock shall be required by the DOL for a minimum of 1 year
  • Alcohol evaluation and treatment as determined by the court

Breath test .15% or higher
OR
Refusal to take Breath Test

  • Two days in jail minimum OR 30 days Electronic Home Detention
  • $1195.50 total minimum fine w/statutory assessments
  • 1 year license revocation for breath test over .15% or 2 year revocation if refusal
  • SR-22 insurance for 3 years
  • Probationary license for 5 years following reinstatement
  • Probation monitoring by court for up to 5 years
  • Ignition interlock shall be required by DOL for a minimum of 1 year
  • Alcohol evaluation and treatment as determined by court

SECOND DUI OFFENSE/ONE PRIOR DUI OFFENSE IN LAST 7 YEARS

Breath test under .15%
OR
No breath test but not a refusal

  • 30 days in jail minimum PLUS 60 days Electronic Home Detention
  • $1,195.50 total minimum fine w/statutory assessments
  • 2 year license revocation
  • SR-22 insurance for 3 years
  • Probationary license for 5 years following reinstatement
  • Probation monitoring by court for up to 5 years
  • Ignition interlock shall be required by DOL for a minimum of 1 year, up to 5 years
  • Alcohol evaluation and treatment as determined by court (up to 2 years)

Breath test .15% or higher
OR
Refusal to take Breath Test

  • 45 days in jail minimum PLUS 90 days Electronic Home Detention
  • $1,620.50 total minimum fine w/statutory assessments
  • 2 year license revocation for breath test over .15%, 3 year revocation for refusal
  • SR-22 insurance for 3 years
  • Probationary license for 5 years following reinstatement
  • Probation monitoring by court for up to 5 years
  • Ignition interlock shall be required by DOL for a minimum of 1 year, up to 5 years
  • Alcohol evaluation and treatment as determined by court (up to 2 years)

THIRD DUI OFFENSE/ TWO PRIOR DUI OFFENSES IN THE LAST 7 YEARS

Breath test under .15%
OR
No breath test but not a refusal

  • 90 days in jail minimum PLUS 120 days Electronic Home Detention
  • $2,045.50 total minimum fine w/statutory assessments
  • 3 year license revocation
  • SR-22 insurance for 3 years
  • Probationary license for 5 years following reinstatement
  • Probation monitoring by court for up to 5 years
  • Ignition interlock shall be required by DOL for a minimum of 1 year, up to 10 years
  • Alcohol evaluation and treatment as determined by court (up to 2 years)

Breath test .15% or higher
ORĀ 
Refusal to take Breath Test

  • 120 days in jail minimum PLUS 150 days Electronic Home Detention
  • $2,895.50 total minimum fine w/statutory assessments
  • 4 year license revocation
  • SR-22 insurance for 3 years
  • Probationary license for 5 years following reinstatement
  • Probation monitoring by court for up to 5 years
  • Ignition interlock shall be required by DOL for a minimum of 1 year, up to 10 years
  • Alcohol evaluation and treatment as determined by court (up to 2 years)

The penalties for DUI in the State of Washington are some of the highest in the country. It is important that you speak with a skilled DUI defense lawyer as soon as possible.

St. Clair Defense

You must be confident in the experience and ability of your attorney. Effective representation requires trust, confidence, communication and a shared goal. Your future depends on it. If you have been charged with DUI or a criminal offense in King County, Snohomish County or Pierce County, we can help. Call Seattle criminal defense firm St. Clair Law Offices today to discuss your case. 206-578-2200. Your initial consultation is free.

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