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Tacoma Municipal Court DUIs

Nothing may have ever happened in your life that is more terrifying than what you just went through at the hands of the Tacoma Police Officers.  We are here to help and look forward to your call.  Success has been achieved in our DUI firm for over a decade with a reliable process which allows us to get our clients out of harms way, quietly, and quickly.  Call us and we will explain in a free consultation.

Many people want to know immediately what they are facing if found guilty.  Below we will discuss the power of the court over people brought before them in the criminal court process.

The big question clients have in Tacoma Municipal Court is how bad can it get?  How much power does this judge have over me, is the question most asked in the hallways of Tacoma Municipal Court.  Our answer is always the same no matter what jurisdiction we are in.  Tacoma is no different.  The judge has the power of a gross misdemeanor behind her and him.  They can put a defendant found guilty of DUI in their court in jail for up to one year (actually 364 days) and up to $5000 fine.  These are not often the results of such a case in Tacoma Municipal though.   What actually might happen is a good topic for our free one hour consultation if you call the office at the number listed below.

There are mandatory sentencing rules that apply to DUI convictions though.  Below the chart highlights the sentencing required by law if the judge finds you guilty or a jury returns a verdict of guilty.

DUI – 1ST CONVICTION IN 7 YEARS
Offense Penalty License Action
BAC < .15 or No BAC Jail: 1-364 days (or 15 days EHM allowed)
Fine: $866-$5000
Interlock: Required
90 day suspension
BAC ≥ .15 or refusal Jail: 2-364 days (or 30 days EHM allowed)
Fine: $1121-$5000
Interlock: Required
1 year revocation for BAC over .15
2 year revocation for refusal
DUI – 2ND CONVICTION IN 7 YEARS
Offense Penalty License Action
BAC < .15 Jail: 30-364 days & 60 days EHM
Fine: $1121-$5000
Interlock: 1 year minimum
2 year license revocation
BAC ≥ .15 or refusal Jail: 45-364 days & 90 days EHM
Fine: $1546-$5000
Interlock: 1 year minimum
2.5 year revocation for BAC over .15
3 year revocation for refusal
DUI – 3RD CONVICTION IN 7 YEARS
Offense Penalty License Action
BAC < .15 Jail: 90-364 days & 120 days EHM
Fine: $1971-$5000
Interlock: 1 year minimum
3 year license revocation
BAC > .15 or refusal Jail: 120-364 days & 150 days EHM
Fine: $2821-$5000
Interlock: 1 year minimum
4 year license revocation
RECKLESS DRIVING
Offense Penalty License Action
Reckless Driving Jail: 0-364 days
Fine: $0-$5000

30 day license suspension (IID on 2nd offense)

NEGLIGENT DRIVING 1ST DEGREE
Offense Penalty License Action
Neg 1 Jail: 0-90 days
Fine: $0-$1000
None (IID on 2nd Offense)
MINOR DUI—BAC ≥ .02
Offense Penalty License Action
Minor DUI Jail: 0-90 days
Fine: $0-$1000
None
DEFERRED PROSECUTION REQUIREMENT:

Based on alcohol, drugs or mental health

Deferred Prosecution Jail: 0 days
Fine: 0
Interlock: 1 year minimum
Probation costs: $25-$50/month
None
HOW IT WORKS:

2 year treatment program, case dismissed after 5 years.

REQUIREMENTS FOR GETTING LICENSE BACK

Court Suspensions and Revocations

License Suspended License Revoked
SR-22 insurance for 3 years
$150 re-issue fee
Alcohol evaluation & follow-up treatment
Minimum alcohol information school
SR-22 insurance for 3 years
$150 re-issue fee
Pass Driver's Ability Test
Alcohol Evaluation & follow-up treatment
Minimum alcohol information school

Civil Penalties

Civil penalties imposed by the state Department of Licensing include license suspension or revocation and a requirement for SR 22 high-risk insurance.

CIVIL DUI PENALTIES

Department of Licensing Administrative Sanctions

Offense First Offense License Action Second Offense License Action
BAC ≥ .08 90 day suspension (Occupational License OK
after 30 days)
2 year license revocation
Refusal 1st in 7 years & no prior admin.
action in 7 years:
1 year license revocation
≥ 2nd in 7 years or 1st & at least 1 admin.
action in 7 years:
2 year license revocation (or until 21,
whichever longer)
Minor BAC ≥ .02 1st in 7 years:
90 day suspension
≥ 2nd in 7 years:
1 year license revocation

REQUIREMENTS FOR GETTING LICENSE BACK

Court Suspensions and Revocations

License Suspended License Revoked
SR-22 insurance for 3 years
$150 re-issue fee
SR-22 insurance for 3 years
$150 re-issue fee
Pass Driver's Ability Test

High Risk Insurance (SR-22)

If the Department of Licensing suspends your license, you will be required to carry SR-22 high-risk insurance for the three years after your license is reinstated. Clients are often worried about how much their rates will go up, and the answer depends on your driving record. It is important to shop around to find the best rate.

Pulled Over: Do's & Don'ts

No one plans to get pulled over for driving under the influence, so don't feel that you made a terrible mistake if you didn't follow the guidelines below. But for future reference, here are the rules of the road.

When you are pulled over:

DO:
  • Do give the officer your papers—driver's license, registration, and proof of insurance
  • Do blow into a breath-test machine BUT ONLY AT THE STATION
  • Do give blood at the hospital if your DUI involves an accident or suspected drug use
DON'T:
  • Don't say anything. As you have heard so often on TV, you have the right to remain silent. Be polite but decline comments.
  • Don't perform any Field Sobriety Tests. You are not legally required to take these voluntary tests and even a sober person can fail them.
  • Don't blow in the portable breath machine which officers keep with them in their squad cars. This machine is prone to serious errors. Simply tell the officer you are only willing to take the test on the larger machine at the station.

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