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Washington State DUI Penalties

Punishment Ranges in WA Drunk Driving Cases

(Reference Revised Code of Washington RCW 46.61.5055)

If you have been charged in Washington with a Gross Misdemeanor DUI, you are facing certain mandatory minimum penalties that MUST be imposed if convicted. The mandatory minimum penalties are based on whether there are any prior offenses within the past 7 years and the results of the breath/blood test or if there was a refusal to submit to chemical testing.

In all Washington DUI cases, alternative punishments may be available depending on the nature and circumstances of your particular case. Be sure to consult with local counsel for a detailed assessment of the potential consequences you are facing.


BAC Result < .15 or No Chemical Test Result

PENALTY First Offense/No Prior Within Last 7 Years One Prior Offense Within Last 7 Years Two or Three Prior Offenses Within Last 7 Years
Mandatory Minimum Jail Time 24 Consecutive Hours (or 15 days of EHM) 30 Consecutive Days 90 Consecutive Days
Mandatory Electronic Home Monitoring (EHM) none 60 Days 120 Days
Mandatory Minimum Fines $866 $1,121 $1,971
Driver's License Penalty 90 Day Suspension 2 Year Revocation 3 Year Revocation
Ignition Interlock License and Device Installation Required Required Required
Alcohol/Drug Counseling or Treatment As Ordered As Ordered As Ordered

BAC Result .15 or Chemical Test Refusal

PENALTY First Offense/No Prior Within Last 7 Years One Prior Offense Within Last 7 Years Two or Three Prior Offenses Within Last 7 Years
Mandatory Minimum Jail Time 2 Consecutive Days (or 30 Days EHM) 45 Days 120 Days
Mandatory Electronic Home Monitoring (EHM) 30 Days 90 Days 150 Days
Mandatory Minimum – Maximum Fines $1,121 $1,546 $2,821
Driver's License Penalty

1 Year Revocation (or 2 Year Revocation if BAC Refusal)

900 Days Revocation (or 3 Year Revocation if BAC Refusal) 4 Year Revocation
Ignition Interlock License and Device Installation Required Required Required
Alcohol/Drug Counseling or Treatment As Ordered As Ordered As Ordered

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