Washington law enforcement officers take DUI seriously and are constantly on the lookout for individuals whose driving is impaired by drugs or alcohol. When you are stopped for DUI in Spokane, WA Many DUI stops result in an arrest, prosecution, conviction, and...read more
3/27/17- House Bill 2700 brought plenty of confusion regarding Washington state alcohol laws. Also, the companion HB 2280 took away many of the positive points in HB 2700, making 2017 a year to avoid a DUI at all costs.
When you are convicted of a DUI, Washington drinking laws and statutes dictate the penalty. Typically, there are mandatory sentences based on the number of previous DUI offenses. Before HB 2700, a first-time offender with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) test resulting in less than 0.15 had a mandatory one day in jail. Usually, your attorney could request electronic home monitoring…read more
Most drivers are surprised to hear that they could have their driver’s license suspended just for being arrested for a DUI, even if they are not convicted.
Moreover, with the new Department of Licensing deadline changes under HB 2700, you could have your driver’s license suspended simply because you did not request your hearing within the timeframe…read more
If you are charged with a DUI in Washington, and you have been diagnosed with alcohol or drug dependency, you may be eligible for a deferred prosecution of your DUI.
A deferred prosecution is an option for those who have mental health problems or drug/alcohol dependencies, but simply claiming that there is a problem is not enough. Instead, you must meet the rigid requirements and comply with all conditions to have your charges dismissed…read more
Most states consider a person guilty of driving under the influence when their blood alcohol content (BAC) is 0.08 or higher.
Washington, however, employs a scale for their DUIs. While you will be arrested for driving under the influence if your BAC is 0.08 or higher, there is a threshold, and if you go over the threshold, you could face harsher penalties…read more
If convicted of a DUI, one requirement to reinstate your driver’s license is the ignition interlock device or IID.
The IID is a device that requires you to breathe into it before the ignition will start. The device measures your blood alcohol content via breath, and it will not engage the ignition unless your BAC reading is under 0.25 per the Washington State Department of Licensing.read more
After one night of drinking and numerous mistakes, you are facing a DUI.
Unfortunately, the state of Washington does not see a DUI as an innocent mistake. Instead, they see it as an opportunity for harsh punishment. Washington deploys incredibly harsh penalties for DUI and DWI offenders; therefore, if you are convicted of a DUI, you may find that you have life-long consequences for one misstep in judgment…read more
For the most part, a DUI is considered a misdemeanor offense.
However, a felony DUI in Washington state is possible.
In Washington, your DUI can be escalated to a felony, especially if you have four or more DUI convictions in a 10-year period. Also, if your DUI involved vehicular assault or serious injury, the charge may be escalated to a felony offense…read more
Under Washington State law, driving under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or a combination of substances is a criminal offense.
More specifically, if you are operating a vehicle under the influence, you are in violation of RCW 46.61.502…read more
The DUI law that governs Washington state is RCW 46.61 502. “RCW” stands for “Revised Code of Washington,” while “46.61 502” refers to the title (46), chapter (46.61), and section where the law is located within the RCW. All of the laws that are part of this collection are currently enforced.
Washington State Legislature refers to these laws as “Session Laws” that the Legislature approved and the Governor signed…read more
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