Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is charged as a gross misdemeanor in Washington State unless prior history gives rise to felony DUI. A physical control charge is very similar to a DUI charge, with the major difference being that physical control does have a statutory defense called “safely off the roadway.”

There are a number of ways you can be charged with DUI, with the most common being you provide a breath or blood test where your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is above .08 as an adult, above .04 for a commercial vehicle driver, above .02 for a minor, or you refused to provide a sample and the officer alleges to have probable cause to arrest for DUI.

When charged with DUI or Physical Control, you will most likely be subject to both a criminal proceeding and an administrative action from the Department of Licensing. In most cases, you will have 20 days from the incident date to request an administrative hearing to prevent automatic suspension of your license, even though the criminal proceeding may take weeks or months for the prosecutor to actually file. Your best shot at reducing or fighting a DUI case is to hire an expert DUI Lawyer.

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Outcomes of a DUI Charge

There are several outcomes when it comes to DUI/DWI in Washington State. The severity of the sentence depends on multiple factors. It’s best to consult with a DUI Attorney regarding the likeliness of the following:

  • Jail Time
  • Electronic Home Monitoring
  • Monetary Fines
  • Driver’s License Suspension
  • Driver’s Licenses Revocation
  • Ignition Interlock Device
  • Alcohol/Drug Education or Treatment
  • Probation

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