7. What is the criminal punishment if I am convicted of DUI?

THE MAXIMUM PENALTY FOR ALL DUIS IS UP TO 365 DAYS IN JAIL AND/OR A FINE OF $5,000.00. MANDATORY LICENSE SUSPENSION AND ALCOHOL TREATMENT IS ALSO REQUIRED. THE MINIMUM PENALTIES ARE SET FORTH BELOW.

Minimum criminal penalties.

Category 1 RCW 46.61.5055 (1a)

1st offense within 7 years
Breath test below .15

Minimum penalties

1 day in jail (can be converted to 15 days EHM)
$350.00 fine +125 BAC fee + 210 PSEA =$765
Alcohol assessment and treatment;
90 day license suspension ($150 reinstatement fee)
Mandatory probation provisions and penalties
Probationary license for five years
Ignition interlock is not required but discretionary
Mandatory arraignment

(One day in jail can be converted to 15 EHM days
All fines and costs can be waived where the court finds that the defendant is indigent or does not have the ability to pay.
There will be a $150.00 dollar reinstatement fee after any license suspension (Chapter 212))

Category 2, RCW 46.61.5055 (1b)

1st offense within 7 years
Breath test .15 or above or refusal to take breath test

Minimum penalties

2 days in jail (can be converted to 30 days EHM)
$500.00 + 125 BAC fee + $300 PSEA =$1005
License suspension of 365 days ($150 reinstatement fee)
Alcohol assessment and treatment
Mandatory probation provisions and penalties
Probationary license for five years
Ignition Interlock for 1 year
Mandatory arraignment

(Two days in jail can be converted to 30 EHM days)

Category 3 RCW 46.61.5055 (2a)

Prior offense within 7 years
Breath test less than .15

Minimum penalties

30 days in jail +60 days of EHM
2 year license suspension ($150 reinstatement fee)
$500.00 + 125 BAC fee + $300 PSEA =$1005
Alcohol assessment and treatment
Mandatory probation provisions and penalties
No occupational license
Ignition Interlock
Mandatory arraignment

Category 4 RCW 46.61.5055 (2b)

Prior offense within 7 years
Breath test more than .15 or refusal to take test

Minimum penalties

45 days in jail + 90 days EHM
900 day license suspension ($150 reinstatement fee)
$700.00 fine + 125 BAC fee + $420 PSEA =$1405
Alcohol assessment and treatment
Mandatory probation provisions and penalties
No occupational license
Ignition Interlock
Mandatory arraignment

Category 5 RCW 46.61.5055 (3a)

2 or more prior offenses within 7 years
Breath test less than .15

Minimum penalties

90 days in jail + 120 days EHM;
3 year license suspension ($150 reinstatement fee)
$1,000 fine + 125 BAC fee + $600 PSEA =$1775.00
Alcohol assessment and treatment;
Mandatory probation provisions and penalties
No occupational license
Ignition Interlock
Mandatory

Category 6 RCW 46.61.5052 (3b)

2 or more prior offenses within 7 years
Breath test .15 or more (or refusal)

Minimum penalties

120 days in jail + 120 days EHM
4 year license suspension ($150 reinstatement fee)
$1,500 fine + 125 BAC fee + $900 PSEA =$2575.00
Alcohol assessment and treatment;
Mandatory probation provisions and penalties
No occupational license
Ignition Interlock
Mandatory arraignment

 
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