IMPACT OF DUI:
Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
You can be found guilty of driving under the influence (DUI) in two ways. The first is by a measurement of the levelof alcohol in your blood. Effective January 1, 1999, the legal blood alcohol limit was lowered from .10 to .08. Yourblood alcohol level is the ratio of alcohol to blood and is measured by a test of your breath or blood. If it meets or exceeds .08 you can be found guilty without further evidence of impairment.
The second way you can be found guilty of a DUI is if you are under the influence of or affected by alcohol or any drug, or any combination. This applies to any illeagal drug, including all over the counter drugs and prescribed drugs that mightimpair your ability to drive.
If you operate a motor vehicle in this state, then you have already given consent to have your breath or blood tested, if an officer has reasonable cause to believe that you have been driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This is Washington's Implied Consent law. Therefore, if you refuse to take the test, your license will be revoked. The period of revocation ranges from one year for first-time offender to up to four years for certain repeat offenders.
Administrative License Suspension
If you are a minor and your test results are .02, or if you are an adult and your test result are over .08, your driver's license will be suspended. The Department of Licensing (DOL) will suspendyour driver's license even on your first DUI incident, regardless of the outcome of any criminal charges filed. These administrative sanctions are inposed in addition to any license suspension or revocation period ordered by the Court following a criminal conviction. Suspensions rangefrom 90 days for a first incident to three years for certain repeat offenders.
If you are charged with driving while your license is suspended or revoked, your vehicle could impounded for up to 90 days and/or until all costs, fees, and court fines are paid.
Zero-Tolerance for Minors
If you are under age 21 your driver's license will be suspended if you are driving with evena small amount of alcohol in your system. A blood alcohol level .02 will result in a result in a driver's license suspension for 90 days on your first incident. On your second incident, your driver's license will be revoked for one year or until age 21, which ever is longer. Minors are also subject to the same .08 DUI laws as adults.
Suspended vs. Revoked
When your driver's license is suspended, you may be re-issued a license a license after the suspension period. When your driver's license is revoked,you must be retested before the license canbere-issued. The fee for reissuing a driver's license is $150.
Electronic Home Montoring (EHM).
Electronic home monitoring will be added to the sentence of a repeat offenders. Offenders pay for electronic home monitoring which costs between $10 and $15 (or more) a day. Restrictions on drinking and mandatory breath tests are included in the requirements for home monitoring.
An ignition interlock device attaches a breath-alcohol analyer to a vehicle ignition system. The driver is required to blow into the device before starting the car. If the device detects alcohol the engine does not start. Offenders pay for ignition interlock rental fees.