DUI Penalties

When you are stopped, arrested and/or cited with Driving Under the Influence (DUI) by a law enforcement officer, there are several things that will occur simultaneously. The first process is a criminal prosecution by the State of Washington for DUI.  The second process is a civil/administrative action by the Department of License to suspend your license. The penalties for a conviction of DUI can often be far reaching. It can involve both administrative penalties (license suspension through the Department of Licensing) and criminal penalties through the court system. This section deals exclusively with criminal sanctions.

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) is a criminal charge and not a civil ticket.  Criminal charges are ranked into classes (ie:  Misdemeanor, Felony) depending on the maximum fines and custody associated with the charge.  A DUI is a gross misdemeanor that carries a maximum fine of $5000.00 and up to 364 days in custody (county jail).  However, if this is your fifth DUI within ten years it will be charged as a Class C Felony, with a maximum of ten years in prison and $10,000.00 in fines.

Misdemeanor Conviction

A DUI has a mandatory minimum penalty required by law. The mandatory minimum penalty depends upon your prior DUI history.  If you have a prior DUI, a prior reduction from DUI to a lesser charge (such as Negligent Driving), or a Deferred Prosecution for DUI within 7 years from the date of your current charge the mandatory minimums increase. For example:

Prior DUI History within 7 Years Your Current BAC Level Minimum Jail EHM Minimum Fine Other License Suspension
0 < .15 1 day or 15 days $940.50+ Eval / Probation 90 days
  > .15 2 days or 30 days $1195.50+ Eval / Probation 1 year
  Refusal 2 days or 30 days $1195.50+ Eval / Probation 2 years
1 < .15 30 days and 60 days $1195.50+ Eval / Probation 2 years
  > .15 45 days and 90 days $1620.50+ Eval / Probation 900 days
  Refusal 45 days and 90 days $1620.50+ Eval / Probation 3 years
2 < .15 90 days and 120 days $2045.50+ Eval / Probation 3 years
  > .15 120 days and 150 days $2895.50+ Eval / Probation 4 years
  Refusal 120 days and 150 days $2895.50+ Eval / Probation 4 years

 

Ignition Interlock Requrements:

In addition to penalties mentioned above the law requires that an individual equip any vehicle they drive with ignition interlock, upon conviction for DUI.  The requirements for ignition interlock increases for each time the person has been by prior order of the court ordered to have ignition interlock.

Prior Times Ignition Interlock has been Ordered Years Required
0 1 year
1 5 years
2 10 years

Other Penalties

There are a number of other penalties dependent on a person's individual history and personal situation.  Travel restrictions and suspensions of license as a habitual offender are among possible consequences that are dependent on individual past criminal history.  Additionally, if a person has a commercial driver's license a first conviction for DUI can result in a CDL suspension for a year.  Whereas a second conviction can result in a permanent suspension of a commercial driver's license.  For a more thorough understanding of penalties that relate to your particular case you should consult with a competent attorney.

Felony DUI Conviction

As with all felony convictions in the State ofWashington, an individual faces the loss of important Constitutional Rights such as, voting and the right to bare arms.

Those penalties specific to a conviction for Felony DUI will be dependent upon a person's criminal history.  The level of penalties depends upon an individuals "score" where they fall within the sentencing grid.   In the State of Washington the sentencing grid ranges from zero to nine (0-9).  A person's criminal score will depend upon the number of prior or current felony convictions they have.  In addition, with the crime of Felony DUI, certain misdemeanor convictions such as DUI, Reckless Driving, Hit and Run (attended) will count towards an individuals score.

There are many things that can effect the counting of this score such as, "washing".  Washing is where a prior criminal conviction is too old to be counted as part of the score.   For a more detailed analysis of your possible "score" please consult a competent attorney. 

Driving a Motor Vehicle while Under the Influence
Class C Felony - Offender Scoring

Adult History
Enter number of Vehicular Homicide and Vehicular Assaults _______ x2 _______
Enter number of other felony convictions _______ x1 _______
Enter number of DUI, Physical Controls, Reckless Driving, BUI, H&R-Att. _______ x1 _______
Juvenile History
Enter number of Vehicular Homicide and Vehicular Assaults _______ x2 _______
Enter number of other felony convictions _______ _______
Enter number of DUI, Physical Controls, Reckless Driving, BUI, H&R-Att. _______ _______
Other Current Offenses
Enter number of Vehicular Homicide and Vehicular Assaults _______ x2 _______
Enter number of other felony convictions _______ x1 _______
Enter number of DUI, Physical Controls, Reckless Driving, BUI, H&R-Att. _______ x1 _______

Score Range

0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
6-12 months 12-14 months 13-17 months 15-20 months 22-29 months 33-43 months 41-54 months 51-60 months 60 months 60 months

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