3 FAQs on DUIs in Washington

December 2018

Being charged with a DUI can be scary and intimidating. We know it can be confusing and overwhelming. While we can’t address your specific case on a blog (though we can in a consultation), we can address some frequently asked questions to give you some basic information before you come in to see us.


Can I get a DUI with a BAC lower than .08? Yes, it is possible. You can be charged with a DUI if you are impaired by alcohol to an extent that your ability to drive a motor vehicle is lessened by any appreciable degree OR having a BAC of .08 or higher. It’s possible to have your ability to drive lessened by any appreciable degree without having a BAC of .08 or higher but the majority of DUI cases involved a BAC of .08 or higher. In addition, if you are under 21, the BAC level is .02.

Am I facing jail time if I’m charged with a DUI? Yes, you could be. This largely depends on the facts of your case, in particular the level of your BAC and if you’ve had any past DUI convictions. If it’s your first DUI you could face 24 hours up to 1 year, 2nd offense 30 days to 1 year and 3rd offense 90 days to 1 year.

Will my license be suspended? Yes, your license could be suspended. This may not sound like a big deal but keep in mind losing your license could equate to losing your only mode of transportation. Would you be able to get to school/work? Grocery shopping? Doctors appointments?

If you’re facing a DUI charge, you should take it very seriously. A conviction could affect your freedom and livelihood. We are here to help and can fight for the best result possible, while always focusing on your priorities. If you’ve been charged, give us a call today for your consultation.