The state of Washington takes DUI very seriously. If law enforcement stops you for DUI you should understand the consequences of a conviction.
A person charged with DUI could face either felony or misdemeanor charges, depending on the circumstances. A conviction of felony DUI may result in the loss of your right to purchase and carry a firearm.
What is a felony DUI in Washington?
Any DUI conviction can result in significant penalties, such as jail time, fines, and license suspensions. Most DUI convictions are gross misdemeanors; however, the court can charge a felony DUI when:
- You have four or more DUI-related offenses on your record within the last 10 years
- You have a previous conviction for vehicular assault or vehicular homicide while under the influence
- You have a previous felony DUI conviction on your record
How does a felony DUI conviction impact your firearm rights?
In Washington, a conviction for a felony crime, including felony DUI, results in the state revoking your firearm rights. A felony DUI conviction prohibits you from:
- Owning a firearm
- Having a firearm in your possession or under your control
- Obtaining or holding a concealed carry permit
If you violate these restrictions, the court can charge you with a class B felony. The penalties are harsh, with up to 10 years in prison and fines up to $20,000.
Can you defend yourself against DUI charges?
You absolutely should defend yourself against a DUI charge. A DUI conviction could negatively impact your future for a long time. You owe it to yourself to provide the best defense you can.