2nd Offense DUI
Consequences of a 2nd DUI in Washington State
If you are facing your second DUI conviction in 7 years, the Court must impose at least certain mandatory minimum penalties. Unless you enter a Deferred Prosecution, get your charges reduced or win at trial, you are facing the following mandatory minimum penalties:
If your breath or blood test is less that .15, or there is no test (not a refusal) there is a mandatory minimum 30 day in jail and 60 days of electronic home monitoring; a mandatory minimum fine, costs and assessments of $1,195.50; a 2 year license revocation; SR22 Insurance; the Ignition Interlock Device will be required for 1, 5 or 10 years depending on your history; probation up to 60 months; and you will be required to obtain a Drug/Alcohol Evaluation and follow any recommended treatment; attend a DUI Victim Impact Panel.
If your breath or blood test was .15 or greater or you refused the test, there is a mandatory minimum 45 days in jail and 90 days of electronic home monitoring; a mandatory minimum fine, costs and assessments of at least $1,620.50; if you blew a .15 or greater your license will be suspended for 900 days; if you refused the test your license will be suspended for 3 years; the Ignition Interlock Device will be required for 1, 5 or 10 years depending on your history; probation up to 60 months; and you will be required to obtain a Drub/Alcohol Evaluation and follow any recommended treatment; attend a DUI Victim Impact Panel.
A second offense DUI conviction carries not only the penalties imposed by the court, but other potential consequences. You will be required to pay all costs associated with the Electronic Home Monitoring. A DUI can make travel to Canada impossible, as they may not be permitted to cross the border. Many employers will terminate an employee after a DUI conviction. A DUI conviction will stay on your record forever – it is a serious criminal offense that can never be vacated or expunged. If you drive for a living and have a Commercial Driver’s License, you will lose that license forever for a second offense DUI.
If you have been charged with a DUI, call The Law Office of Donna Person Smith, PLLC, for a consultation. Although the consequences of a DUI conviction can be severe, we can provide you with Your Best Defense.