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How Multiple DUI Offenses Can Hurt You

No one wants a DUI offense to appear on his or her criminal record. They can prevent you from receiving loans, getting job offers, and being approved for apartments. However, multiple DUI offenses can be even more damaging. With each subsequent charge, the punishment becomes more and more severe.

Your Second and Third DUI Charges

Not only will multiple DUI charges look worse on your criminal record than just one offense, but they will also carry with them more serious ramifications. The penalties for second and third DUI charges within a seven year timeframe are as follows:

  • Second Offense: up to 45 days in jail; up to 90 days Electronic Home Detention; up to a $5000 fine; license revocation for 2 to 3 years; 5 years with a probationary license; installation of an ignition interlock; probation monitoring and alcohol treatment
  • Third Offense: Up to 120 days in jail; up to 150 days Electronic Home Detention; up to a $5000 fine; license revocation for 3 to 4 years; 5 years with a probationary license; installation of an ignition interlock for up to 10 years; probation monitoring and alcohol treatment

The penalties for second and third offenses worsen with a blood alcohol content level of over 0.15% or refusal to take a breathalyzer test.

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If you would like to learn more about how multiple DUI offenses can hurt you, or if you have been charged with DUI more than once, the Seattle DUI defense lawyers of Cowan Kirk Kattenhorn can help. Contact us today at 1-866-822-1230.

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Cowan Kirk Kattenhorn is known throughout Washington and the nation for representing all of its clients with commitment, creativity and compassion. We recognize how devastating a DUI charge can be, particularly when our clients learn how incredibly tough Washington's DUI laws have become, even for a first-time offender.

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If you need a DUI defense attorney in Seattle, Bellevue, or King County, contact us today to find out why respect for our clients, a passion for justice, and our commitment to winning have earned each of us the highest honor a member of the bar can receive from our colleagues – their referrals.