WA DUI Penalties
If you are convicted of a DUI, you face the following penalties and consequences on a first offense (within 7 years):
- Up to 364 days, and no less than 1 day (24 hrs consecutive) in jail;
- $991.50 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 at least one year for BAC refusal (two year suspension with any prior administrative suspensions within 7 years);
- SR-22 insurance (Financial Responsibility) for 3 years;
- At least one year Ignition Interlock (IID) requirement;
- $100 Restricted License (IIL) application fee (if you choose to drive during your period of suspension/revocation);
- 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; and
- DUI Victim’s Impact Panel.
These penalties increase greatly if you have prior DUI-related offenses within 7 years.
DUI and Reckless Driving Charges Reduced to Traffic Ticket
Alvin was arrested for DUI and Reckless Driving after an officer claimed he drove recklessly at excessive speeds in an attempt to avoid seizure and exhibited signs of impairment following Field Sobriety Tests. After pointing out several evidentiary issues in the officer’s report, Dan negotiated with the prosecutor to reduce the DUI to Negligent Driving and dismiss the Reckless Driving charge. He further persuaded the prosecutor to allow Alvin to enter a “pre-trial diversion” on the reduced charge for one year, after which the charge was amended to a traffic infraction.
Mr. Arbenz took the necessary time to fully explain the charges, potential outcomes and consequences. We developed a strategy, carefully evaluating possible results and he articulately challenged the nuances of my case. We were able to reach a favorable outcome and I was fortunate to be referred to Mr. Arbenz by one of his peers!”