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Traveling to Seattle? Check out these 4 DUI Concerns.

The State of Washington has seen a rising number of visitors from the Arizona over the past several years. Whether it’s coming out for the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay, traveling to Seattle to watch the Cardinals take on the two-time defending NFC Champion Seahawks or just for a brief respite from the 110-degree summer heat, a higher number of visitors than usual are making the trek from the desert to the Pacific Northwest. Below is a list of four of the biggest DUI concerns potentially facing out-of-state visitors:

  1. Mandatory DUI Consequences in Washington
    A conviction for DUI in Washington State will expose you to our state’s harsh mandatory sentencing laws. That means mandatory jail from 24-48 hours on a first offense, 30-45 days with 60-90 days of home detention for a second and 90-120 days with 120-150+ of home detention for a third or fourth offense. The maximum penalty is one year in jail. Additionally, a fifth offense in 10 years is a felony and would result in prison time. A conviction can also mean long term loss of license (90 days-three years), imposition of an ignition interlock device (1-10 years), alcohol treatment and five years of probation. See the Washington DUI Sentencing Grid for specific penalties.

    Also important to note; a conviction for DUI in Washington will likely have ramifications in Arizona once that conviction is reported to the Arizona Department of Motor Vehicles. Be sure to consult with an Arizona DUI attorney should you find yourself in that situation.

  2. Washington DUI Release Conditions
    Washington State requires mandatory conditions of pretrial release in certain circumstances and is dependent on the individual’s DUI history. If a person appears before a Washington court for a DUI and has ever had a previous DUI or DUI related conviction, the court is required to order some form of pretrial alcohol monitoring. That means a person facing a second or subsequent DUI offense will be ordered at a bare minimum to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicle and to not drive without one.
    It may also include having to wear a transdermal alcohol monitoring bracelet, being placed on electronic home monitoring and/or some other form of 24/7 alcohol consumption monitoring. In addition, if a person is arrested for DUI in Washington who has a prior related offense within 10 years, state law require that person to be held without bail until he sees a judge. That could mean having to remain in jail for one-five days without having even been charged, much less convicted.

    On first offense DUI allegations, generally those more extreme conditions are not imposed. Still, there are a multitude of different jurisdictions in Washington, all of which have their own specific standards and conditions. The differences in how similar cases can be treated in different jurisdictions can be significant and wide ranging.

  3. Out of State DUI and the Interstate Compact
    A relatively little known agreement between the states known as the ICAOS, or Interstate Commission for Adult Offender Supervision Agreement, can have a dramatic impact on the lives of those travelling to Washington and being convicted of a DUI while there. That’s because the ICAOS requires an individual who has been convicted of certain offense to clear certain hurdles before returning to their home state.

    This includes applying to a probation department in the home state and being approved for supervision. Leaving a state without proper authority while under the terms of the ICAOS is a crime in and of itself. While the ICAOS does not apply in all cases, it is implicated when a person is convicted of a second or subsequent DUI and is placed on probation for a year or more. Anyone travelling to Washington who has a prior DUI conviction should know that a conviction for a new DUI in Washington could place limitations on that person’s ability to return home.

  4. Washington Residents Arrested for DUI in Arizona
    Washington also sends its fair share of residents to Arizona; usually to dry off and get out of the rain in the winter. For Washingtonians that suffer a DUI conviction in Arizona, know that there will be consequences awaiting you back at home as well. Washington will treat you as if the DUI occurred in your home state. That means a license suspension and ignition interlock requirements pursuant to Washington State DUI laws irrespective of the punishment levied in Arizona.

Tim Milios has been a DUI Attorney in Washington State since 1993. He relocated to Seattle after receiving his law degree from the University of Arizona College of law in Tucson. He is a member of the National College of DUI Defense and a founding member of the American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys. If you are visiting Washington and are pulled over for DUI, you can reach him at (206) 745-2371.

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