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  • A DUI conviction can affect you and your family in many ways, including license suspension, fines, higher insurance rates, mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device, and jail time.

 

If I am convicted of DUI, will I have to go to jail?

 

In Washington state, the law places mandatory minimums on sentencing for a DUI conviction. Even for a first DUI conviction, you will be required to spend 1 day in jail if your BAC level was below .15 percent, or if your case is one where you did not submit a breath test, yet did not refuse the breath test. A first time DUI offender faces even stiffer mandatory minimums if convicted of DUI with a BAC level above .15 percent, or if they refuse to submit a breath sample. In those cases, there is a minimum sentence of 2 days in jail.

If you have previous convictions for DUI within the past seven years, the mandatory minimums on sentencing for a DUI conviction rise sharply.  This will include convictions for lesser charges such as Reckless Driving if the original charge was for DUI.

The minimum jail time for DUI if you have one prior offense within the past 7 years is 30 days in custody, plus 60 days on Electronic Home Monitoring, for cases where your breath or blood alcohol concentration was less than .15 or where there was no test result.  If your breath or blood alcohol concentration was above .15 or if you refused the test, the minimums for DUI with one prior offense within 7 years are currently 45 days in jail and 90 days of Electronic Home Monitoring.

For two or three prior offenses within 7 years, the minimums rise to 90 days in jail and 120 days Electronic Home Monitoring for cases below an alcohol concentration of .15, and 120 days in jail plus 150 days Electronic Home Monitoring for levels over .15 or refusals.

You can read more about the penalties for DUI.

The Seattle DUI lawyers at Lovik & Juhl, PLLC are dedicated to helping people facing DUI charges throughout King County, including all King County District Courts and Municipal Courts in Kirkland, Bellevue, Redmond, Kent, and all surrounding communities.

For most people charged with a DUI, it is their first contact with the legal system. Once you contact our Seattle DUI lawyers, we will take over your case and begin taking steps to defend you from day one.

Call An Experienced Seattle DUI Lawyer Now At 206-706-2831 for a Free No Hassle Consultation About Your Seattle DUI Case.