What penalties might I face if charged with DUI in Washington?

In Washington, a DUI conviction will have serious consequences. The Specific sentence that may be imposed in your situation will depend on the facts of your case, the nature of your charges, the circumstances of your plea, or other factors. Below are some of the general penalties for DUI offenses in Washington.

To start, a Washington DUI is a “gross misdemeanor,” therefore the absolute maximum penalty in terms of jail is 1 year and a fine up to $5,000.

First offense – no priors in Washington or Other States in the past 7 years

  • BAC under 0.15: minimum 24 consecutive hours of jail or 15 days Electronic Home Monitoring (EHM), Ignition Interlock Device (IID), Ignition interlock Derviers License (IIL) $865.50 fine, 90 day license suspension
  • BAC 0.15 or over:  Minimum 48 Consecutive Hours of jail or 30 days EHM, IID, IIL, $1,120.50 fine, 1 year license suspension
  • Refusal: Minimum 48 consecutive hours of jail or 30 days EHM, IID, IIL $1,120.50 fine, 2 year license suspension

Second offense – 1 prior in Washington or other state is the past 7 years

  • BAC under 0.15: Minimum 30 days jail plus 60 days of (EHM) IID, IIL, $1,120.50 fine, 2 year license suspension
  • BAC .015 or over:  Minimum 45 days jail plus 90 days (EHM), IID, IIL, $1,545.50 fine, 900 days license suspension
  • Refusal: Minimum 45 days jail plus 90 days of EHM, IID, IIL, $1,545.50 fine, 3 year license suspension

Third offense – 2 priors in Washington or other states in the past 7 years

  • BAC under 0.15: Minimum 90 days jail plus 120 days of EHM, IID, IIL, $1,970.50, 3 year license suspension
  • BAC 0.15 or over or Refusal, Minimum 120 days jail plus 150 days EHM, IID, IIL, $2,820.50, 4 year license suspension.

Washington Felony DUI – click here

What is considered a prior DUI offense in Washington State?

To determine what a prior offense is you must look back seven years from the date of the current arrest date.

Examples of prior offense are:

  • DUI/Physical Control
  • Vehicular Homicide
  • Vehicular Assault

Deferred Prosecutions count as priors

If amended from a DUI the following will count as priors:

  • Reckless Driving
  • Reckless Endangerment,
  • Negligent Driving 1

What is Electric Home Monitoring in Washington?

Electric Home Monitoring or EHM is where the Court orders to obtain and wear a device that monitors you at a specific location using telephone lines. You can be subject to 24 hours a day monitoring and you would be required to stay within a determined distance throughout the day or the prescribed times. The EHM uses your home telephone line. It is basically house arrest and you will have to pay the cost of the EHM