We have seen many sweeping DUI changes in DUI penalties in Washington State over the past year. For example, repeat offenders are now booked into jail after being arrested for a new DUI. See: http://washington-dui.com/wa-dui-blog/uncategorized/repeat-dui-offenders-beware/ and also: http://washington-dui.com/wa-dui-blog/uncategorized/beware-of-your-ignition-interlock-device-iid/ for examples of increased DUI penalties that occurred in 2013.
Now in 2014, the Washington State Legislature is considering tougher DUI consequences and punishment for DUI offenders.
In the latest news to filter out of Olympia, a proposal would make being convicted of four DUIs in seven years punishable by going to prison – lowering it from the current 5 convictions necessary for prison time.
Prison time is not the only change on the table. The State is considering more post-conviction supervision. Currently probation runs the gamut, from checking an offender on a database on a computer to see if the court’s conditions have been met to active one-on-one probation for those in need of more watching. Active probation costs money; lots of money. If the offender doesn’t have the money then the citizens of the State of Washington have to pay for increased probation.
Any major changes would ultimately come down to who gets to pay the costs of the changes. Major increases in jail / prison time – or Ignition Interlock Devices – or increased probation will cost someone more money. The question before the Washington State Legislature, is where will the money come from? For more information on this unfolding topic, see: http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2022721585_duiupdatexml.html
If you would like to discuss a DUI Arrest or beat a DUI, please call me at 425-422-5818 or visit my website at washington-dui.com and fill out an online questionnaire. Mark. W. Garka