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first dui in washington state

I’m 48 y.o. and recently got a DUI. It’s my 1 st offence. I blew a .096 and a .093. What are the consequences between just pleady guilty as opposed to hiring a lawyer?

Asked on June 3, 2009 under Criminal Law, Washington

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

 

Criminal penalties for a first DUI Offense and breath test under .15%:

One day in jail minimum, one year maximum or 15 days Electronic Home Detection

$823 total minimum fine, up to $5,000 fine

90 day license suspension

SR-22 Proof of Insurance

Alcohol evaluation and treatment as determined by the court (up to two years)

Ignition interlock may be ordered by the court (Min. time not specified) up to 5 years

Up to five years monitored probation

Probationary license for 5 years after reinstatement

Probation monitoring (and fees) for up to five years

DMV penalties for a first offense with a breath test .08 or higher:

90 day license suspension. 

License is marked for 60 days.

30 days to request hearing

$100 hearing fee unless indigent

Hearing within 60 days of arrest

$150 reissue fee

SR-22 Insurance required 3 years thereafter

Occupational/Restricted License is available after 30 days

I would definitely hire an attorney, preferably one that specializes in DUI.  This area of the law is very technical and a well-versed lawyer might be able to get the charge thrown out for any number of reasons.  If not he/she could possibly have the charge reduced or could, at the very least, fight for you to have the minimum penalties imposed where the court has the discretion to do so.  Don't forget, this will leave you with a criminal record if convicted.

 


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