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Enhanced DUI Penalties for High Blood Alcohol Content

On Behalf of | Feb 7, 2011 | DUII

The State of Washington has standard penalties for those convicted of driving under the influence.  However, drivers with extremely high blood alcohol content (BAC) may be subject to more severe or enhanced DUI penalties.  Washington requires drivers to maintain the legal limit of a BAC lower than .08%.  Drivers arrested with a BAC of .15% may face these increased penalties.

If you or someone you know has been arrested or charged with a DUI with a BAC of higher than .15% during or immediately after a traffic stop, it is essential that you seek representation from an experience DUI attorney immediately.  Call the Law Offices of Paul F. Sherman at 888-824-2151 for expert advice regarding your rights as a DUI defendant or Contact Us for a FREE DUI consultation.


Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is determined by a number of different measurement techniques.  The Breathalyzer test is the most common method used by police officers on the road.  Urine and blood tests are also used.  Courts routinely use these measurements to determine the penalties for a DUI.  Prosecutors may seek enhanced penalties as follows:

  • Jail sentences of 48 days to 1 year
  • Electronic home monitoring of up to 30 days
  • License suspension of up to 2 years
  • Ignition Interlock Device requirements for up to one year
  • Probation for up to 5 years
  • Fines of up to $5000

The penalties can become more severe with each additional offense.

If you or someone you love has been charged with a DUI with a high BAC, the consequences can literally destroy your professional aspirations and personal relationships.  Contact the Law Offices of Paul F. Sherman at 888-824-2151 for the expert legal help you need to protect your rights or to learn more about your legal options Contact Us for a FREE HIGH BAC DUI consultation.