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Felony DUI Charges

Felony driving under the influence

Effective July 23, 2017, a fourth DUI conviction within 10 years will be charged as a felony. The newly implemented state statute now places anyone who has three or more drug or alcohol related driving offenses within a 10-year time frame will be charged with a class B Felony.

Additionally, the criminal laws of Washington allow for Felony Driving Under the Influence to be charged when an arrestee that has previously been convicted of either Vehicular Homicide (Alcohol/Drugs) or Vehicular Assault (Alcohol/Drugs) will face a class B felony charge for all subsequent alcohol or drug related driving arrests.

Felony Driving Under the Influence is a class B felony in Washington is punishable by up to ten years in prison as well as fines of up to $20,000 and license revocation for a period of one to three years.

Vehicular Assault

In the State of Washington an arrestee that operates or drives any vehicle in a reckless manner and causes substantial bodily harm to another; or while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug, and causes substantial bodily harm to another; or with disregard for the safety of others and causes substantial bodily harm to another will be charged with Vehicular Assault, a class B felony.

Vehicular Homicide

In Washington State the death of any person ensues within three years as a proximate result of injury proximately caused by the driving of any vehicle by any person, the driver is guilty of vehicular homicide if the driver was operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug in a reckless manner; or with disregard for the safety of others will be charged with Vehicular Homicide, a class A felony.

Vehicular Assault

In the State of Washington, an arrestee that operates or drives any vehicle in a reckless manner and causes substantial bodily harm to another; or while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug, and causes substantial bodily harm to another; or with disregard for the safety of others and causes substantial bodily harm to another, will be charged with Vehicular Assault, a class B felony.

If you have a pending DUI charge, call our Tacoma DUI lawyers now.