The penalties for drunk driving depend largely on your alleged blood alcohol concentration (BAC) and the number of previous DUI convictions you have had in recent years.
Washington DUI Offense Attorneys
The following information details what you could be charged with if convicted of drunk driving. However, these numbers are not set in stone. An experienced Vancouver, Washington DUI attorney can help you fight to reduce your charges or dismiss them altogether.
Washington Drunk Driving Penalties
The following are the possible penalties for a DUI conviction under Washington's DUI law, RCW 46.61.5055. The minimum sentences (such as one-day imprisonment and $350 for a first offense DUI) are generally mandatory — if you are charged with the crime, the judge must sentence you to at least those amounts. That is one of the many reasons why our attorneys work so hard to reduce your charges.
First Offense DUI:
- BAC less than .15: From one day to one-year imprisonment and from $350 to $1000 in fines
- BAC of .15 or greater: From two days to one-year imprisonment and from $500 to $5,000 in fines
Second Offense DUI in Seven Years
- BAC less than .15: From 30 days to one-year imprisonment, plus 60 days of electronic home monitoring, and from $500 to $5,000 in fines
- BAC of .15 or greater: From 45 days to one-year imprisonment, plus 90 days electronic home monitoring, and from $750 to $5,000 in fines
Third DUI in Seven Years
- BAC less than .15: From 90 days to one-year imprisonment, plus 120 days of electronic home monitoring, and from $1,000 to $5,000 in fines
- BAC of .15 or greater: From 120 days to one-year imprisonment, plus 150 days of electronic home monitoring, and from $1,500 to $5,000 in fines
Felony DUI is a class C felony with substantially higher penalties, including more time in prison, greater fines, and required installation of an ignition interlock device. Prosecutors can charge a defendant with felony DUI when they have had four or more prior DUI offenses within 10 years or they were previously convicted of vehicular homicide while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Unlike with other DUI charges, when a person is charged with felony DUI, he or she is usually not eligible for alternative sentencing programs.
Fight the Penalties. Fight the Conviction. Contact Us.
At the law firm of Green & Ritchie, our lead criminal defense attorneys have served as Vancouver and Clark County prosecutors. We know what the prosecution has to prove to convict you of your DUI charges and they know that we will force them to prove every element if we go to court. We are solid negotiators who work as a team, striving to keep you out of jail, help you avoid fines and keep your record clean.
Call us at 360.450.2434 or send us an e-mail to schedule a meeting about your DUI charges with the Washington law firm of Green & Ritchie.
Jack Green was the contributing attorney to this content