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What are the penalties for DUI in Washington?

Being charged with a DUI can seriously damage you criminal record, especially if another individual was injured as a result of this incident. Not only will you suffer severe punishment if you are convicted of DUI, but you will also have to deal with this permanent mark in your future life activities, such as applying for jobs or loans. The Seattle DUI defense lawyers of Cowan Kirk Kattenhorn can help defend you in court if you have been accused of such an act.

Washington DUI Punishments

In the state of Washington, the government has set the “per se” blood alcohol content level to be 0.08%. Any driver who is pulled over, tested, and has a higher BAC level than that may be prosecuted for DUI. The maximum penalties associated with this offense are the following:

  • First offense: 1 year of jail time, a $5000 fine, license revocation for one year, five years' probation, and possible treatment for alcohol abuse
  • Second offense: 1 year of jail time, 90 days of electronic home detention, 900 days of license revocation, required driving exam, a $5000 fine, 5 years of probation, and possible treatment for alcohol abuse
  • Third offense: 1 year of jail time, 150 days of electronic home detention, a $5000 fine, 4 years of license revocation, 5 years of probation, required driving exam, and possible treatment for alcohol abuse

If you have been pulled over for DUI, then you will need a good Seattle DUI defense lawyer from Cowan Kirk Kattenhorn to protect you in court.

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If you would like to learn more about the Washington DUI laws, or if you have been charged with DUI, call the Seattle DUI defense lawyers of Cowan Kirk Kattenhorn today at 1-866-822-1230 to speak with a qualified attorney about your situation.

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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.