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Spokane Washington Gov Inslee approves higher DUI penalties

Spokane, WA Governor Jay Inslee successfully approves higher DUI penalties

March, 2016, Governor Jay Inslee of Spokane, Washington successfully approved higher DUI penalties for arrests made on Driving Under the Influence state wide. Below is listed the previous penalties for a felony DUI:

  • Class C felony
  • punishable by maximum 5 years in prison
  • $10,000 fine 

Now here is what you can expect should you be charged with a felony DUI under the new law:

  • Class C felony
  • punishable by maximum 10 years in prison
  • $20,000 fine

In order for a DUI to be considered a felony DUI, the following must be present:

  • a person's fifth DUI in 10 years is a felony
  • the first four are misdemeanors
  • previously convicted of vehicular assault while intoxicated
  • previously convicted of vehicular homicide while intoxicated

Governor Inslee signed House Bill 2280 effectively putting into effect the new laws this past Thursday, April 7, 2016. 

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