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New Laws in Washington Target DUI Offenders

Posted by Kevin Trombold DUI Defense Attorney | Jul 02, 2013 | 0 Comments

A New DUI Bill
Do lawmakers tend to work on a cycle when it comes to DUI legislation? Every several years or so, it seems like elected officials decide to target drunk driving laws - perhaps because it's a can't-lose issue politically. And like clockwork, the Washington state legislature has passed a bill revamping some of the state's DUI-related practices. Here are some provisions of the legislation:
  • A new pilot program will get underway which implements 24/7 monitoring of alcohol intake for people who have two DUI convictions on their record.
  • When drivers with one DUI conviction on their record are charged with another DUI, they must remain in jail until charges are filed, which would happen within a three-day window.
  • These suspects would also have an ignition interlock device installed on their vehicle within five days of the charge. (That's right - they don't have to be proven guilty of the second DUI, only charged.)
  • Deferred sentencing would be restricted in DUI cases.
  • DUI courts will be expanded, and treatment and supervision of some DUI offenders will be increased.

However, the bill which passed both houses of the legislature was pared back from the original measure. Some of the provisions left out of the current version include:

  • Mandating 10 days of additional jail time for repeat DUI offenders
  • Prohibiting people with three DUI convictions from purchasing alcohol for ten yearsMaking a fourth DUI conviction within a ten-year period a felony (as of now, this only happens on the fifth conviction)

The bill now goes to Governor Jay Inslee's desk for his signature.

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Kevin Trombold DUI Defense Attorney

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