If you or someone you know, has been arrested on their 3rd DUI offense in Washington State; they will very likely need to post bail to be released from jail.
Hefty consequences are imposed upon a third DUI conviction in Washington State, even if the priors were a long time ago or in another state.
If you took the breath or blood test and it was less than .15, or more than 5 ng of THC, or if you were impaired by any drug in your system, even if there is no test result (but not because you refused the breath test), the penalties may Include:
Breath or Blood Alcohol Test Result .150 or Higher or Test Refused
Jail and EHM
As one can see, a third DUI conviction within seven years brings very harsh consequences, but even if the prior offenses are outside of 7 years, the consequences may be similar, or worse, such persons often are required to serve the maximum sentence of 364 days in jail.
Commercial drivers convicted of a second DUI, face a lifetime disqualification of the CDL.
Aside from the legal, statutory consequences, employment is often lost due to the person’s extensive confinement.
If convicted you may be inadmissible to Canada and will not be let in unless “rehabilitated” if eligible under Canadian law.
Chemical Dependency Treatment
Chances are pretty high that the person will be required to undergo chemical dependency treatment by court order. Such treatment programs are costly, adding to the already mounting costs of fines, ignition interlock, probation fees, and insurance.
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Washington State has some of the toughest DUI laws in our nation. These laws carry increasingly severe penalties for those who drink and drive. Washington lowered the BAC limit from .10 to 0.08 in January of 1999. Drivers with a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) at .08 or above can now be convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol. In addition, because public sentiment is so very negative toward drunk drivers, prosecutors will often pursue a DUI conviction even when the driver’s test result is well under .08! This is possible because they can obtain a conviction if they can show the person drove while “affected by” alcohol, and/or marijuana or any drug, including prescription or over-the-counter medications.
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