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What you need to know about being cited for Driving Under the Influence in Washington!

In Washington, it is illegal to drive a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Having a DUI on your record can have impacts on your current job, future jobs, and even your ability to drive a car. The penalty can carry jail time, a license suspension, and a hefty fine.  Do not face this charge alone. Let Weber Law help you today!

Washington Driving Under the Influence Charges and Penalties

What is Driving Under the Influence?

A person is guilty of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor, marijuana, or any drug if the person drives a vehicle within Washington:

(1) and the person has, within two hours after driving an alcohol concentration of .08 or higher or; (2) the person has, within two hours after driving, a THC concentration of 5.00 or higher or;
(3) while the person is under the combined influence, or influence of or affected by intoxicating liquor, marijuana, or any drug.

What are the Penalties?

Driving under the influence is a gross misdemeanor.

A gross misdemeanor is punishable by imprisonment for up to 364 days, or a fine of up to $5,000.00, or both.

The penalty can vary depending on how much alcohol or drugs were in your system, if you committed an additional crime like vehicular homicide, if you had passengers in your car, or if you have had prior convictions of driving under the influence before.

Additionally, the court can require you to attend a sobriety program, attend a counseling program, refrain you from consuming any alcohol and do so by putting a monitor on you, require you to drive with an ignition interlock device or suspend your license.

What is an Ignition Interlock Device?

An ignition interlocking device (IID) restricted license can be requested from the DMV. An IID  is installed in your car and measures the breath alcohol content of the driver before the vehicle will start. The device can also periodically require additional breath samples during vehicle operations. If any alcohol is detected by the device, the car will not start or will not continue normal operation.

If you are ordered to use an ignition interlock device, you may only operate vehicles that have an ignition interlock device and cannot tamper with the device at all. The period that the IDD will be required varies, as does the cost of installation.

Even as a Defendant of a Crime, you still have Rights! Make sure yours were not violated!

Even as an individual facing criminal charges, you have rights. It is important to know those rights and make sure that they were not violated in any way when you were arrested or charged.  Without extensive knowledge of your rights when it comes to police searches, Miranda rights, and your rights when it comes to arrest, it is extremely difficult to get a dismissal or reduction of your charges.  Do not try and fight these charges on your own, Weber Law is ready to help you today.

Contact Weber Law immediately if you’ve been arrested on a driving under the influence charge. We offer a free confidential case evaluation – serving Seattle and the surrounding areas.

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How can Weber Law help you?

If you have been charged with driving under the influence in the State of Washington, there are a few ways Weber Law can fight for you, including getting an interlocking device in your car so you do not lose your privilege to drive. At Weber Law we are experienced in defending these charges, winning these cases, and getting you back on the road. 

If you have been cited for driving under the influence, let Weber Law fight for you. There are many defenses, including it being your first offense, your blood alcohol level, and the circumstances under the traffic stop, (i.e., was an accident involved, was anybody hurt, etc.).  Weber Law will work to potentially get your citation reduced to something like reckless driving or help you to keep the charge off your record.

The court room can be an intimidating place; let Weber Law help take the stress and worry out of your criminal charges. You do not want to face these charges alone. These charges can mean you face serious jail time, lose your license, and face a mark on your record.

If you or anyone you know has been charged with driving under the influence and you are not sure what to do next, contact Weber Law today for a consultation.

WA ST § 46.61.502, Driving under the influence.
WA ST § 9A.20.021, Maximum sentences for crimes committed July 1, 1984, and after
WA ST § 46.61.5055, Alcohol and drug violators – Penalty schedule

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A Seattle, Washington Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help You

Weber Law will aggressively fight for your rights. Contact us today!

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