DUI- Washington State
Thinks to know if you get a DUI
RCW 46.61.502(1) A person is guilty of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor, marijuana, or any drug if the person drives a vehicle within this state:
(a) And the person has, within two hours after driving, an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or higher as shown by analysis of the person's breath or blood made under RCW 46.61.506; or
(b) The person has, within two hours after driving, a THC concentration of 5.00 or higher as shown by analysis of the person's blood made under RCW 46.61.506; or
(c) While the person is under the influence of or affected by intoxicating liquor, marijuana, or any drug; or
(d) While the person is under the combined influence of or affected by intoxicating liquor, marijuana, and any drug.
How does Washington State punish those charged with DUI?Washington takes a two-pronged approach in punishing a defendant accused of DUI.
1. Administrative sanctions are handled through the Department of Licensing (DOL)
2. Criminal sanctions are handled through the procedures at the courts.
3. If you are not a United States Citizen you could also be subject to Deportation.
What are the Department of Licensing sanctions resulting from DUI?The DOL has the statutory authority to suspend a driver*s license for up to two years (or longer in some cases). Unless you make a timely appeal within 20 days of notice of a pending suspension, the suspension will go into effect automatically.