The penalties for drunk driving depend largely on your alleged blood alcohol concentration (BAC) and the number of previous DUI convictions you have had in recent years.
The following information details what you could be charged with if convicted of drunk driving. However, these numbers are not set in stone. We can help you fight to reduce your charges or dismiss them altogether.
The following are the possible penalties for a DUI conviction under Washington’s DUI law, RCW 46.61.5055. The minimum sentences (such as one-day imprisonment and $350 for a first offense DUI) are generally mandatory — if you are charged with the crime, the judge must sentence you to at least those amounts. That is one of the many reasons why our lawyers work so hard to reduce your charges.
Felony DUI is a class C felony with substantially higher penalties, including more time in prison, greater fines and required installation of an ignition interlock device. Prosecutors can charge a defendant with felony DUI when they have had four or more prior DUI offenses within 10 years or they were previously convicted of vehicular homicide while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Unlike with other DUI charges, when a person is charged with felony DUI, he or she is usually not eligible for alternative sentencing programs.
Our lead criminal defense attorneys have served as Vancouver and Clark County prosecutors. We know what the prosecution has to prove to convict you of your DUI charges and they know that we will force them to prove every element if we go to court. We are solid negotiators who work as a team, striving to keep you out of jail, help you avoid fines and keep your record clean.