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Will I go to jail, or lose my license, or both?

If you are convicted of DUI, you will be sentenced to mandatory jail time and you will lose your license, even on a first offense. If your blood alcohol levels were .15 or higher, or if you refused to give a breath sample, your mandatory jail sentence and license revocation will be longer. You will also be ordered to install an IID on your car, possibly for a longer period of time than your license is suspended. The maximum jail sentence is 364 days in jail and a $5,000.00 fine, but a court will usually not impose the maximum jail time. Instead, the Court will suspend a portion of the jail time to compel you to have law abiding behavior, and possibly to compel you to engage in treatment or perform community service hours in your community. If you fail to follow the court's orders or if you are charged with a new crime, the court can bring you back for a hearing where they might give you more jail time after your initial sentence. The Washington State Courts website provides a grid of mandatory minimum DUI sentencing consequences:

You can always contact us for a free consultation and we will help you understand the specific consequences you face and the best strategies for fighting your DUI criminal charge and your DOL hearing.