Felony DUI's in Washington State … It's gotten Even More Serious – from Class C Felony to Class B Felony Classification!
So it was already a felony over the past 8 years in Washington State to get 5 or more DUI's in a 10-year ‘window. It was also already a felony here to get any sort of subsequent DUI at all after ever having been previously convicted of a Vehicular Assault or a Vehicular Homicide. Sound serious? Well, yes, and those changes first making those (or any) DUI's Felony DUI's in Washington State started around 2008. But it was not serious enough for some politicians.
Previously, the applicable statute was this:
RCW46.61.502(6): It is a class C felony punishable under chapter 9.94A RCW, or chapter 13.40 RCW if the person is a juvenile, if: (a) The person has four or more prior offenses within ten years as defined in RCW 46.61.5055; or (b) the person has ever previously been convicted of vehicular homicide while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug, RCW 46.61.520(1)(a), or vehicular assault while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug, RCW 46.61.522(1)(b).
But now it is this:
(a) The person has four or more prior offenses within ten years as defined in RCW 46.61.5055; or
(b) The person has ever previously been convicted of:
(i) Vehicular homicide while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug, RCW 46.61.520(1)(a);
(ii) Vehicular assault while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug, RCW 46.61.522(1)(b);
(iii) An out-of-state offense comparable to the offense specified in (b)(i) or (ii) of this subsection; or
(iv) A violation of this subsection (6) or RCW 46.61.504(6).
Why? Because Governor Inslee and some of his buddies want it to be tougher here on repeat DUI offenders and on DUI offenders who have already hurt or killed someone. The change is based upon the new house Bill, HB 2280 - 2015-16,“ Making felony driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor, marijuana, or any drug a class B felony.”
So, if you have been charged with a Felony DUI and still have no attorney, you should contact an experienced Felony and Misdemeanor DUI Attorney today. The serious stint of jail time you face (especially now that Felony DUI is a Class B felony – with much higher sentencing ranges that judges must impose in all felonies), and the impact upon your whole life, including but not only - keeping your job and/or getting a new one, can be drastic. That's putting it mildly.
You need an attorney for a Felony DUI, and an experienced private DUI defense attorney is your absolute best option.
It's serious stuff. Too serious maybe; so for a little levity about DUI's please check this humorous (but unrelated to the topic of this blog) DUI portable (hand-held) breath test video out for a real good laugh. It's called “How to fail your breathalyzer test,” so please take a look: http://imgur.com/gallery/VnkuY.
Call me now at my Bellevue office at 425-454-4784 or in Everett at 425-355-5300 to discuss your DUI, whether it's a felony or misdemeanor DUI, either by discreet phone consultation or to schedule an appointment to come in and go over your legal options and defense strategies with me in person.
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