With recent laws lowering the legal limit in Washington, it's no surprise that Washington State has some of the toughest DUI laws in our nation. These new laws while lowering the blood alcohol limit, also increase penalties for drunk drivers and changes the way the state treats convicted drunk drivers. A BAC measures the ration of alcohol to blood and is measured by a test of a driver's breath or blood.
Callahan Law wants to prepare you for the road ahead. That's why we've compiled the recent Washington State blood alcohol content or "BAC" laws that may apply to you.
A new Washington State DUI law lowered the BAC limit from .10 to 0.08, which went into effect on January 1, 1999. Drivers with a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) at .08 or above can now be arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Police now have increased powers thanks in part to the BAC law. When arresting people charged with DUI, They can suspend driver's licenses, impound vehicles, and pursue drivers across state lines.
Regarding deferred prosecution, Washington State has changed its laws. This relates to a driver who believes that his or her DUI charge was due to alcohol or drug addiction. That person may then choose to enter a treatment program. DUI charges are put "on hold" during the treatment. And if that person completes the two-year treatment program and then remains sober for an additional three years, the court will drop the DUI charge.
There are many other DUI laws almost too numerous to mention, which is why a competent, experienced attorney is vital. Linda Callahan has the credentials to win a DUI case. Contact her today for a free consultation.