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FAQs about drunk driving in Washington

Law enforcement could arrest you for DUI if you drive a vehicle under the influence of drugs, alcohol or both. If convicted, this crime carries serious penalties, such as license suspension, the requirement to pay a fine and jail time.

If you got arrested for DUI, you may have some questions about what the impending process looks like. The following are some common questions about drinking and driving.

What constitutes a DUI?

According to the Washington State Department of Licensing, a law enforcement official may charge you with DUI if your breath or blood test shows that your blood alcohol concentration level was 0.08% of higher. For commercial drivers, you can face DUI with a BAC of 0.04% or higher and for minors, you could face penalties with a BAC of 0.02% or higher.

What happens to your driver’s license after arrest?

If you get arrested for DUI, the Department of Licensing will suspend your driver’s license automatically. This will occur unless you contest the suspension with a hearing within seven days and the hearing examiner decides not to suspend your license.

When can you get your driver’s license back?

When you can get your driver’s license back depends on factors like whether you have other DUI incidents on your record and your BAC at the time of your arrest.

You may still have other questions about how to proceed after a DUI arrest and the penalties you face. Do not ignore the charges against you and work hard to protect your interests in the coming days.