Driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or other intoxicants, including marijuana and even prescription drugs, is a serious offense in Washington. Even a first offense can result in a one-year jail sentence and a fine of up to $5,000. However, the most severe sentences are reserved for those whose actions result in the death or bodily injury of another. And regardless of the severity, those convicted of a DUI in the state will almost always have their driver license supended for at least 90 days, on up to three years and a possible revocation for repeat offenders.
Learn more about Washington's DUI laws below.
Washington DUI Laws: Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Limits and Implied Consent
|"Per Se" BAC Limit||0.08 Percent|
|Zero Tolerance (Underage) BAC Limit||0.02 Percent|
|Enhanced Penalty (Aggravated) BAC Limit||0.15 Percent|
|Implied Consent to Submit to BAC Test?||Yes|
Washington DUI Laws: Select Penalties
|Minimum License Suspension or Revocation (1st, 2nd, 3rd offense)||90 days / 2 years / 3 years|
|Mandatory Alcohol Education, Assessment and Treatment||Both|
|Vehicle Confiscation Possible?||Yes|
|Ignition Interlock Device Possible?||Yes|
Note: State laws are always changing through legislative, judicial, or other means. While FindLaw works hard to ensure the accuracy of its legal resources, it's a good idea to thoroughly research the law or check with an attorney to make sure you have the most recent information.
Ignition Interlock Driver License (IIL)
As in most states, Washington offers those convicted of a DUI the limited opportunity to drive using an ignition interlock device (IID), which requires the driver to submit a valid (i.e. sober) breath sample before starting the car. To be eligible for the program in Washington, you must meet the following requirements:
To apply, first get an IID installed on your vehicle (the Department of Licensing will provide proof of installation), get proof of financial responsibility, and send in your restricted driver license application along with payment.
Washington DUI Resources
Get Professional Legal Help With Your Washington DUI Case
Whether you have been arrested for driving drunk, under the influence of legally accessible marijuana, or some other substance, it's the state's job to get a conviction. If you decide to go it alone, you may miss opportunities to challenge evidence or otherwise protect your interests. A Washington DUI attorney will work on your behalf to ensure the best defense possible.