DUI Penalties For Washington State

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If you are convicted of a DUI, you face the following penalties and consequences:

• Up to 364 days, and no less than 1 day (24 hrs) in jail;

• $941.50 minimum fine, with additional court costs and fees (which can run up to over $2000);

• License suspension for at least 90 days for BAC over .08, or one year for BAC refusal (two year suspension with any prior administrative suspensions within 7 years);

• SR-22 insurance (Financial Responsibility) for 3 years;

• One year Ignition Interlock (IID) requirement;

• $100 Restricted License application fee, if you want to drive during your suspension period;

• license reinstatement fees and you may have to take driver's test(s);

• Up to 60 months probation (active or bench), with probation fees;

• Drug and Alcohol Assessment and treatment if recommended - minimum requirement of 8 hr ADIS (Alcohol Education) class;

• DUI Victim's Impact Panel.

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Affects on Military Career

Having a DUI conviction, or even pending DUI charge, can have a devastating effect on your military career. This is especially true now, as all branches of service are downsizing. It is more important than ever that you have aggressive, experienced Seattle or DUI attorney in your corner. It is also important that you have a DUI attorney who not only knows the law, but also the particular policies and procedures of the court in which your case is set, experience dealing with on-post penalties (as they relate to your civilian court matter), as well as the requirements for alcohol/drug assessments and classes, which often differ for military personnel.

Over the past five years, Puget Law Group DUI Attorney Dan Gerl has successfully aided our military clients in avoiding DUI convictions with reduced charges and not guilty verdicts at trial. Every case is different, however, and it is important to speak with Dan as soon as possible to discuss your particular circumstances and the facts of your case. Call us now at (253) 627-4696 now to set up a free consultation, or submit your request using our Contact Form.

Entry Into Canada

A conviction for DUI will prevent entry into Canada for at least ten years. Even a pending DUI charge, or reduction to a lesser offense such as Reckless Driving or Negligent Driving First Degree can create issues getting into Canada.

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Impact on Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

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