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Drivers License Issues

Washington DUI Laws

Washington’s Driving While Intoxicated Penalties

Under the law, you may be considered to be driving under the influence if you are driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or more or if you are impaired due to ingesting illegal or prescription substances. However, even if you have a BAC that is under 0.08, you may still be considered to be under the influence if your driving is negatively affected by drugs or alcohol.

Washington’s law on DWI/DUI charges prescribes a mandatory set of penalties for offenses, which include but are not limited to:

  • First Offense – Up to 30 days in jail, significant monetary fines and surcharges, and driver’s license suspension for up to 12 months
  • Second Offense – Up to 90 days in jail, significant monetary fines and surcharges, a mandatory 2-year driver’s license suspension, and 30 days community service
  • Third and Subsequent Offenses – Mandatory 180 days in jail (which can be reduced with up to 90 days of rehab), significant monetary fines and surcharges, and a 10-year mandatory driver’s license suspension

The statute also provides that if you are charged with a first DWI/DUI and your BAC level is 0.15 percent or higher, you will be required to place an ignition interlock device in your vehicle during the term of your license suspension and between 6 months to 1 year after you serve the court ordered suspension. The ignition interlock device is mandatory for second and subsequent violations and must be installed during your suspension period as well as for a 1 to 3 year period after your court ordered suspension.