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Washington’s DUI laws are aimed at anyone who chooses to operate a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, even some legal prescription drugs. The legal alcohol limit is .08 percent BAC, and drivers found to be at or above this limit may be arrested for DUI. Washington state has two separate license suspensions for DUI arrests and for DUI convictions. Those arrested for DUI will have their license suspended unless they request a hearing within 7 days of the arrest. If the hearing examiner decides in their favor, their license will not be suspended. If the offender doesn’t request a hearing, or the hearing examiner does not rule in their favor, the license could be suspended for 90 days to 2 years. Convicted offenders risk a license suspension of 90 days to 4 years, with credit given for any suspension time stemming from the arrest.
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Intoxalock has more than 75 locations throughout the state of Washington, and our installation centers are fully stocked. When you are ready to install your ignition interlock device, you can make your appointment. Be sure to bring any necessary paperwork, like your vehicle registration. The trained technicians will install the device and ensure you know how to use it before driving away. They will also provide the Certificate of Installation paperwork, which you may need to obtain your Ignition Interlock License.
Washington allows some offenders to regain driving privileges with an Ignition Interlock License (IIL). This license requires the driver to install an ignition interlock in their vehicle from an approved provider, like Intoxalock. The approved provider will share testing data from the IID with the appropriate state monitoring authorities. This guide will go over the Washington interlock policy and how it works.
As mentioned, anyone arrested on suspicion of DUI will have their license suspended, and they must request a hearing within 7 days in order to possibly avoid a longer suspension. Those convicted of DUI face a longer suspension along with other penalties. The specific penalties a driver receives may vary depending on the circumstances of their offense.
There are still consequences for those who refuse a breathalyzer or other type of test to determine BAC. In Washington, any driver who refuses a test will have their license revoked for two years for a first offense, three years for a second offense, and four years for a third offense.
Some Washington drivers are able to regain their driving privileges after a DUI arrest or conviction by applying for an Ignition Interlock License. These licenses require offenders to meet a variety of criteria, including installing an ignition interlock device from an approved provider. In addition, offenders may need to:
Intoxalock is an approved ignition interlock provider in the state of Washington. We are also the #1 interlock brand on the market, with more locations than any other provider. Our devices will meet requirements to obtain an Ignition Interlock License, and help you get back on the road.
Some may not be familiar with the term ignition interlock device, or IID. They are also called car breathalyzers, and they are installed directly into a vehicle’s ignition. They are used to prevent drunk driving in the following ways:
This is determined by statute, but the court may decide to extend the interlock term based on the circumstances of the incident.
Why choose Intoxalock Washington?
Washington requires DUI offenders to cover the cost of their interlock device installation and leasing. Installation is a one-time fee of approximately $100. Intoxalock devices cost between $2.50 and $3.50 per day to lease. Washington state also requires drivers to pay for the IIL application fee, and a separate monthly charge of $21 for the monthly Ignition Interlock Device Revolving Account fee. These two fees are not charged by Intoxalock, but by the state directly. The revolving account fee is used to help cover costs for low-income drivers. Eligible low-income drivers can receive up to $80 per month as reimbursement for IID costs, but must cover the remaining fees themselves.
Going through the legal process alone can be intimidating. An attorney can help ensure your rights are represented in court. If you are having trouble finding appropriate representation, we partner with several throughout the state who may be able to help.