What Are the Penalties For DUI in Washington? (See the grid below)
|1st Offense||2nd Offense||3rd Offense|
|Jail||24 hours to 1 year||30 days to 1 year||90 days to 1 year|
|Fines and Penalties||$940.50 to $5,000||$1,195.50 to $5,000||2,045.50 to $5,000|
|License Suspension||90 days||2 years||3 years|
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A DUI or DWI conviction can never ever be expunged from your criminal record. It can become something that you will have to explain to employers or address on applications for the rest of your life. Not only can a DUI conviction lead to driver’s license suspension but can lead to jail time, especially for repeat offenses.
I have spent over 20 years defending clients in Pierce, King, and Thurston Counties. Over these years, I have worked with these courts to resolve countless criminal issues, which has benefited thousands of clients in terms of reduced fines and jail sentences and benefited these communities in terms of thousands of first time offenders who have made the most of second chances.
A conviction for a DUI can lead to up to 364 days in jail or a $5,000 fine. These are just a few reasons why it is so important to speak with an attorney before making any decisions that can lead to these lifetime hurdles.
Communication is key in putting together any sound criminal defense, this is why my clients will be updated regularly throughout each step of my representation. From the first consultation until we resolve the matter, and in most instances, well afterwards, my clients know that I am there for them when they need me. I am there to provide step by step guidance on how to best resolve their matter.
In almost all cases, sixty days following the arrest (except in blood test cases) the Department of Licensing will suspend or revoke the person’s driver’s license. This is why it is important that a person requests a hearing to contest the suspension soon after the arrest. It is critical that the hearing be requested in a timely manner or it may be waived. Few people realize how valuable it can be to have legal representation during this process.