If convicted of a DUI, will I have to go to jail?
A DUI carries with it mandatory sentencing penalties. Jail is one of those penalties. The amount of jail time depends on a combination of the defendant’s DUI history and level of his BAC or if there was a refusal. See Sentencing Grid. In cases of a first offense conviction a person could choose to serve electronic home monitoring (EHM) in lieu of the jail but at a ratio of fifteen (15) days EHM to every one (1) day of jail.
If convicted of DUI, how long will my license be suspended?
A DUI conviction will lead to a license suspension of anywhere from 90 days to four years. (See DUI Sentencing Grid). An additional Habitual Traffic Offender (HTO) suspension could occur as the result of a DUI conviction as well.
If my license is suspended, is there a way that I can drive to and from work?
In 2009, the ignition interlock license came into effect. In most instances, a person who’s license has been suspended as the result of a DUI arrest or conviction will be able to drive during the period of suspension so long as 1) his car has been equipped with a functioning ignition interlock device and 2) he has proof of acquiring SR-22 insurance. See ignition interlock laws
Are there special concerns if I have an air pilots license?
Absolutely. Both in terms of reporting requirements to the FAA, as well as consequences to the license itself, depending on the outcome of your case. If you have a pilot’s license, contact one of our Washington DUI lawyers as soon as possible to make sure you are not putting it in jeopardy. Review our DUI and Pilots page.
Is it true that a DUI conviction will prohibit me from entering Canada?
This is true. A DUI is considered an admissible offense by the Canadian government. As such, anyone convicted of a DUI or in some cases even a lesser offense, may be denied entry. The individual’s inadmissible status will remain until he or she has been “rehabilitated”. Find out more in our Traveling to Canada section.
I have a DUI conviction and am being told it may limit my ability to move to another state. Is this true?
Possibly. Anyone who has a second or subsequent conviction for a DUI falls under the guidelines of the Interstate Compact. If you fall into this category you will be required to get the written permission of the probation department in the state to which you are moving.