DUI or Driving Under the Influence
A conviction for DUI carries significant penalties, including the suspension of your license to drive, mandatory jail time and fines, court ordered alcohol treatment, and installation of an ignition interlock device on your car.
In addition to those consequences, a DUI conviction can also have impacts that few people realize such as exclusion from Canada, loss of a Commercial Driver's License, the inability to get certain jobs, and insurance consequences that can last for years.
The charge of DUI in Washington is codified in the Washington RCW as 46.61.502. It is a gross misdemeanor punishable by up to 364 days in jail and a $5000 fine. As noted above, it also has additional consequences, such as license suspensions and treatment requirements. The full mandatory minimum "sentencing grid" for Washington can be found here.
If you have been charged with a DUI in Washington, it is important that you act quickly to protect your rights. The Washington DOL will act quickly to suspend your license, and you want an attorney on your side who has won DOL hearings to examine all of the facts and assert your rights.
Contact experienced DUI lawyer Chris Griffen today for a free consultation. He can help you fight a charge of DUI.