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When is a DUI a Felony?

Most DUI charges in Washington State are not felonies, but rather gross misdemeanors. There are three general classifications of criminal charges under Washington State law: Simple Misdemeanor, Gross Misdemeanor and Felony. Gross misdemeanors, which covers most DUI’s,...

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What are the penalties for a First DUI?

DUI convictions have a wide range of penalties. Everyone accused of a DUI is at risk of: Jail time, Fines, fees and court costs, Loss of driver license, Installing the ignition interlock device, Paying high automobile insurance rates, Attendance at a DUI Victim’s...

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How a DUI can lead to the Ignition Interlock Device

The Ignition Interlock Device (IID) is a breath test machine that attaches to the steering column of your car. It requires you to provide a breath sample that is free from alcohol before you can start your car and it will beep at you periodically requiring a sample in...

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What does First Offense DUI Mean?

For a misdemeanor DUI in Washington State there is a 7 year look back period to determine whether your current DUI is a first offense. An old DUI or Physical Control arrest will count as a prior offense for a new DUI arrest if the old arrest occurred within 7 years...

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Are there More DUI Arrests During the Holidays?

Historically, DUI arrests rise during the holiday season. Alcohol consumption is often a part of the office holiday parties and unwinding with family and friends. When the final numbers for the 2020 holiday season are tallied there will likely be fewer DUI arrests due...

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Dismissed Blood Draw DUI’s

Just because your blood draw DUI was dismissed by a judge, doesn’t necessarily mean you’re in the clear. In the Washington State criminal court system there are two types of dismissals: Dismissal With Prejudice and Dismissal Without Prejudice. Dismissal with prejudice...

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How to Read Your DUI Breath Test Printout

Most folks arrested for DUI in Washington State will be asked to submit to a breath alcohol content (BAC) test at the police station. The Alcotest 9510 or “Draeger” machine will likely be the machine you’re asked to blow on since it replaced the old Datamaster in...

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Don’t Miss a DUI Deadline

Many initial DUI court appearances in Spokane County are being delayed due to Covid-19. Social distancing restrictions at the Spokane Courthouse have led to limits on the number of cases set on any given day. Historically, someone accused of driving under the...

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