Understandably, being arrested for a DUI can be a frightening and overwhelming ordeal. Dealing with license suspensions, possible hearings for driving privileges and other legalities can begin to wreak havoc on an individual's life. Those facing a felony DUI charge may have even more on their mind than those who face a misdemeanor charge.
Even for a first time DUI offense in Washington, penalties can be steep should a conviction be obtained. Offenders may face up to a year in jail on top of a hefty $1,000 fine, as well as a mandatory ignition interlock device. Those who registered a blood alcohol concentration higher than .15 percent may also have to serve a year behind bars, and the fine can skyrocket up to $5,000. A second or third DUI conviction can result in even longer sentences, higher fines.