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DUI Penalties

What are the DUI Penalties?

DUI Attorney for Kitsap County

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is an offense that is taken seriously in the state of Washington. An offense can lead to a number of damaging outcomes and the effects can stem to many areas of your life. Many people don't understand the many ways that you can fight a charge and they end up taking on the penalties when they may have had a strong case. Allow our Kitsap County criminal defense lawyer at Ramirez & Walker, Inc. to evaluate your case to determine if you have been falsely accused or are being penalized more than you deserve.

First Time DUI

Your first DUI offense can seem to come out of nowhere and you may have thought that you would never be in this position. Thousands of people face charges for drinking and driving and this includes individuals from all walks of life. It can include doctors, CEO's, teachers and others that are wrongfully accused or are penalized more than they should be. For a first time offense it is important not to fall into the thinking that you cannot fight a charge because there are many cases where charges are reduced or fully dropped. Penalties can include between 24 hours to a year in jail, fines of $865.50 to $5,000, the installation of an ignition interlock device, a license suspension of 90 days, alcohol or drug education and Washington SR22 Insurance.

Second and Third Offense

In a second offense the penalties can increase to a license suspension for two years, jail time between 30 days to a year, fines of $1,120.50 to $5,000. For a third conviction jail time may be between 90 days to a year, fines $1,970.50 to $5,000 and a license suspension of three years. For those that have a blood alcohol content (BAC) level that is at or above .15, the penalties for even a first time conviction can be substantially increased.

Are you facing the possibility of a conviction for drinking and driving? Get in touch with us immediately.