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DUI Consequences: Your License, Liberty, and Future

Criminal Ramifications of DUI

In the state of Washington, the criminal charge of DUI is classified as a gross misdemeanor and carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail and / or a fine of up to $5,000. The crime of DUI also has mandatory minimum penalties which prohibit the judges from going lower than predetermined penalties. These mandatory minimum penalties are laid out by the legislature and are based on certain factors. For a DUI, the factors that are taken into consideration when determining mandatory minimum sentences include:

  • The number of prior DUIs (or similar offenses) in the last seven years
  • Whether or not the defendant took the breath test
  • What the breath test results were
  • Whether the defendant refused to take a breath test
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