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DUI Penalties

What Are The Penalties Associated With DUI Convictions?

Washington has mandatory minimum jail times for DUI offenses, with a sentencing grid based upon prior offenses within the last seven years.

For a first-offense DUI when the driver-tested over 0.15, or refused a test, the typical jail sentence is 48 consecutive hours, combined with a fine of about $1,200 and a one-year or two-year license revocation. For cases with DUI test results under a 0.15, the mandatory minimum sentence is 24 consecutive hours in jail, plus a $991 fine and a 90-day license suspension.

For a second offense within seven years, in cases where the driver-tested over 0.15 or refused a test, the mandatory minimum jail sentence is 45 days plus a driver’s license revocation of 900 days or three years. For cases with a test result under 0.15, the mandatory minimum jail sentence is 30 days, plus a two-year license revocation.

If the arrested driver had two prior offenses within seven years, the mandatory minimum jail sentence is 90 days plus a three-year license suspension. For cases where the driver either refused a DUI test or tested above 0.15, that mandatory minimum sentence jumps to 120 days in jail plus a fine and license revocation.

Additional prior offenses may lead to felony charges.

BAC less than .15 %   <>(Or No Test Result)No Prior DUI’s within Past 7 YearsOne Prior DUI   within Past 7 Years2 – 3 Priors DUI’s   within Past 7 Years
Jail Time24 hours minimumat least 30 daysat least 90 days
Electronic Detention /   Home ConfinementTo avoid jail, must serve at least 15 days60 days120 days
Fine / Assessments$350-$5,000   ($866 total min.)$500-$5,000   ($1,121 total min.)$1,000-$5,000   ($1,971 total min.)
Suspension / Revocation90-Day Suspension2-Year Revocation3-Year Revocation
Ignition Interlock    Required  RequiredRequired
Alcohol / Drug   Education or TreatmentDetermined By The CourtDetermined By The CourtDetermined By The Court
BAC .15 % or more;   Or Test RefusalNo Priors DUI’s within Past 7 YearsOne Prior DUI within Past 7 Years2 – 3 Priors DUI’s   within Past 7 Years
Jail Time48 hours minimumat least 45 daysat least 120 days
Electronic DetentionTo avoid jail, must serve at least 30 days90 Days150 Days
Fine / Assessments$500-$5,000   ($1,121 total min.)$750-$5,000   ($,1,546 total min.)$1,500-$5,000   ($2,821 total min.)
Suspension / Revocation1-Year Revocation;   2 years if BAC refusal900-Day Revocation;   3 years if BAC refusal4-Year Revocation
Ignition Interlock RequiredRequiredRequired
Alcohol / Drug   Education or TreatmentDetermined By The CourtDetermined By The CourtDetermined By The Court