Washington State recently introduced harsh new DUI laws that include prolonged jail terms and a 24 hour alcohol monitoring system.
The new DUI laws were proposed in regular session by Gov. Jay Inslee with a bipartisan group of lawmakers and include a mandatory six months jail term for repeat drunk driver offenders. A one year jail term minimum is proposed to be mandatory for the third offense. Lawmakers also offered the option of undergoing treatment and 24-7 monitoring instead of serving jail time. On a third conviction, the offender will be given an ID card that will prevent them from buying alcoholic drinks for 10 years.
There are about 40,000 DUI arrests made every year by patrols and local law enforcement, according to the Washington State Patrol.
DUI laws and penalties can be extremely strict. Thus, when you have been charged with a DUI or related crime, you deserve a lawyer from Cowan Kirk Gaston who you can trust to defend you. Call 1-866-822-1230 to find out how we can help you through this situation.