SB 5037 Makes 4th DUI a Felony in Washington State

Senate Bill 5037 was signed into law in May of last year as part of a four-year campaign to strengthen Washington’s DUI laws. Under the new law — effective July 2017 — a 4th DUI or Physical Control (PC) conviction within a 10 year period will be charged as a felony. The new law also […]

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House Bill 1614 Strengthens Washington’s DUI Laws

The Washington State Legislature was busy in 2017 — creating new laws and amending existing ones with the goal of strengthening the laws surrounding DUI offenses. The passing of House Bill 1614 resulted in changes to several areas of the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) concerning vacating criminal records, mandatory arrest, Ignition Interlock requirements and […]

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Mandatory Washington DUI Probation Violation Penalties

DUI sentencing courts impose a number of standard, and sometimes even case-specific, conditions upon a defendant upon a drunk driving conviction. Some are affirmative conditions (to pay fines, complete an alcohol/drug evaluation, participate in alcohol/drug treatment or mental health treatment when applicable, and attend DUI victims panel. Others are prohibitive, like don’t commit law violations, […]

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