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Bail is a process through which you are permitted to pay money in exchange for your release from police custody, usually after booking or sometimes after the arraignment if the Judge demands that you are taken into custody.  As a condition of release, you must promise to appear in court for all scheduled court dates - including arraignment, pre-trial hearings, readiness hearings, motions, and the trial itself.

If you are not allowed to post bail at the police station immediately after booking, a judge may decide later, at a separate hearing or the arraignment, whether to allow release on bail. The bail amount may be predetermined, through a "bail schedule," or the judge may set a monetary figure based on:

               •Your DUI record and criminal history; 
               •Seriousness of the DUI offense, in terms of injury to others;
               •Your ties to family, community, and employment.

If bail is imposed you or your friends and family may “post” the full bail amount as set by the court, or a "bond" may be posted in lieu of the full amount. A bond is a written guarantee that the full bail amount will be paid if you fail to appear as promised. Bonds are usually obtained through a bail bond agency that charges a fee for posting of the bond (usually about 10 percent of the bail amount). Bail bond agencies may also demand additional collateral before posting the bond, since the agency will be responsible for paying the full bail amount if the suspect "jumps bail" and fails to appear as promised.

If you are arrested, booked, and granted release on your own "personal recognizance," no bail money needs to be paid to the court, and no bond is posted.  You are then released after promising, in writing, to appear in court for all upcoming proceedings.  Most state criminal courts impose certain conditions on personal recognizance release, which include not driving unless you are properly licensed and insured, not consuming alcohol or illegal drugs, and not refusing a breath test if lawfully requested.  Additionally, there may be additional conditions such as attendance at AA meetings or getting an alcohol/drug evaluation within a prescribed time limit.

If you are released on your own "personal recognizance" and subsequently fail to appear in criminal court as scheduled, you will be subject to immediate arrest.

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If you have a drink with friends, colleagues, clients, or at a sporting event and drive, you are eligible to be stopped and potentially charged with a DUI. Regardless of whether you have only one drink or multiple drinks, you are a candidate to be stopped by a police officer if you chose to drive. I have represented (or prosecuted) too many individuals to mention who have been charged with a DUI with a blood alcohol concentration level of less than 0.080. If you once thought that you were okay to drive with one or two drinks in your system, you were very wrong.

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  • A DUI includes being under the influence of alcohol, drugs (including marijuana)
  • You may be required to go to Jail, install an Ignition Interlock Device, or post Bail​​
  • You will be required to complete an alcohol evaluation, at least one alcohol drug class (ADIS) and a DUI Victim Panel

A DUI conviction will result in many severe and mandatory sanctions, including but not limited to jail, license suspension, ignition interlock device, alcohol or drug evaluation, SR 22 insurance, DUI Victim Panel, probation and thousands of dollars in fines and costs.  Our goal, as always, is to have the DUI dismissed or amended to a lesser offense.  Such results will result in fewer penalties and perhaps, and the avoidance of jail and any license suspension.  On this page there is information on jail, work crew, work release and electronic home monitoring.  On the proceeding pages you will find information regarding license suspensions, the ignition interlock device, SR 22 insurance, the alcohol | drug evaluation, the ADIS class and more.  You will also find information about the deferred prosecution program, which is a way to avoid jail, a license suspension (be cautious if you "refused" the breath or blood test) and have your case dismissed.  As always, please contact our DUI attorneys if you have any questions and don't forget, we offer a FREE DUI book that you can download immediately.

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Work release is an alternative to jail that permits you to work during the day and then return to jail in the evening.  You must get permission from the judge and then must be approved by the local corrections facility (or probation department) to participate in the work release program.  You will be charged by the day for this privilege.  The catch is that typically you must be sentenced to at least 10 days in jail (15 days in jail in some jurisdictions) before you become eligible to apply for work release.  This may not be an option in some courts so discuss this option with your attorney prior to sentencing.

Another important aspect of work release is that every jurisdiction deals with this program differently. In Snohomish County you must be screen the day following your sentencing to ensure you qualify for the program. Similarly in Skagit County you meet with their Corrections Department (usually the same day) to qualify. In Whatcom County you are referred to their Alternatives program at a different location in Bellingham for screening.

BAC > .15 or RefusalNo Prior OffenseOne Prior OffenseTwo or Three Prior Offenses
Mandatory Minimum & Maximum Jail48 Hours/ 364 Days

45 / 364 Days

120 / 364 Days
EHM30 days in lieu of Jail90 Days Mandatory150 Days Mandatory
Mandatory Minimum & Maximum Fine$1246 /$5,000$1671/ $5,000$2945 / $5,000
Driver's License Suspension1 or 2 Years if Refusal900 Days/ 3 Years4 Years
Alcohol EvaluationAs OrderedAs Ordered
As Ordered
Ignition Interlock1 Year5 Years10 Years



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BAC < .15 or NoTest ResultNo Prior OffenseOne Prior OffenseTwo or Three Prior Offenses
Mandatory Minimum & Maximum Jail24 Hours/ 364 Days

30/364 Days

90 / 364 Days
EHM15 days in lieu of Jail60 Days Mandatory120 Days Mandatory
Mandatory Minimum & Maximum Fine$991/$5,000$1246 / $5,000$2096 / $5,000
Driver's License Suspension90 Days2 Years3 Years
Alcohol EvaluationAs OrderedAs Ordered
As Ordered
Ignition Interlock1 year5 years10 years

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If you have been arrested and have a BAC over 0.080, refused the breath or blood test, or had 5 nanograms of THC in your system you will have two separate and distance DUI procedures to be aware of.  The first is Court and the second is the Department of Licensing.  While it is true that the two cross pollinate each other it is equally correct that you must deal with each separately.

Your first court date following a DUI arrest may occur within days of your release.  This is particularly true in certain cities such as Lynnwood, Everett, Marysville, Mount Vernon, Anacortes, Burlington and Bellingham, to name on a handful.  When it comes to the Counties there are a few Counties that will demand your presence in court soon after your DUI arrest.  These Counties include Whatcom, Skagit and Island.  Snohomish County will typically not require your presence in court for the arraignment until at least one month following the date of arrest. It is imperative to contact an experienced DUI Defense attorney immediately.

Being arrested for DUI is an introduction to a world of complex law, demanding Judges, tough prosecuting attorneys, biased Department of Licensing hearing officers, and a multitude of conditions and expenses that seem to never end. Washington DUI Penalties and conditions may include jail, probation, fines, court dates, a department of licensing hearing, license suspension, ignition interlock device, SCRAM bracelet, SR 22 insurance, alcohol evaluation, alcohol awareness class or treatment, and a DUI victim’s panel, among many possible requirements. This is why most people feel overwhelmed after they face the sobering fact that they are in for a long and difficult journey.

Work crew is an alternative sentencing program that is designed to reduce jail overcrowding by providing minimum risk offenders a work option to meet court obligations. If the jurisdiction in which you are charged permits work crew, you must first qualify and be referred to the work crew program from the court.  To qualify for the program you will be screened first to ensure that you qualify.  Once you qualify you will be assigned work and your work will be monitored to ensure that you complete all of the assigned tasks. 

It is important to know the jurisdiction where your DUI occurred as some offer work crew in lieu of jail while others do not.  Be advised though that work crew does not replace mandatory jail and can be used when the DUI is amended to a lesser offense where jail is not mandatory. The Jurisdiction that utilizes this program most is Whatcom County. In such instances the defendant is referred to the Alternatives Program and this facility organizations and schedules Work Crew for the individual. 

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The “Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor system,” or more commonly known as SCRAM, is a water and tamper-resistant Bracelet that collects, stores and transmits measurements of an individual’s blood alcohol content (BAC).  The SCRAM device is made by a company named AMS, was developed in 1991, first introduced in 2003, and now is used in more than forty states. 

The device is considered a transdermal alcohol sensor and measures alcohol that is lost through the skin from sweat.  The device utilizes three technologies that work simultaneously, yet separately, namely the transdermal Alcohol Content (TAC) for alcohol detection, as mentioned, thermometer for determination of body temperature of the subject, and infrared signal system for detection of distance from the skin to the SCRAM unit.  The gadget, worn as an ankle Bracelet, "sniffs" every 30 minutes and transfers data via a wireless connection to a probation officer or other law-enforcement official.  The device can also detect tampering.  This device is used frequently in courts where Judges impose conditions of release after an arraignment or preliminary hearing or by probation departments after sentencing.

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If you have had a couple of drinks (or a couple too many) consider these tips:

• Do not drink and drive
• Avoid driving late at night
• Drive a vehicle that is in proper working order
• Do not drive from a bar (drinking establishment) parking lot
• Turn your head lights on at night
• When you see the officer’s lights, pull over immediately
• Make a good impression-be polite
• Be prepared to be stopped
• Remain silent, but if you don’t, be honest
• If you had “one for the road,” tell the officer
• Politely refuse all field sobriety tests (FSTs)
• If you take the FSTs inform the Officer of any physical impairment
• Do not refuse the BAC (breath test) at the police station
• Request the Administrative License Hearing within the time limit
• Hire an experienced DUI attorney

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A consequence of a criminal conviction, for DUI or some other crime is probation.  The purpose of probation is to monitor the individual to ensure compliance of the sentencing conditions, such as completion of an alcohol evaluation, alcohol treatment, payment of fines, and maintaining lawful conduct. 

If you fail to comply with the conditions imposed at sentencing the court may summons you to appear to explain your failure to comply.  There are some instances when the failure to comply is relatively minimal and can be corrected prior to your court appearance.  In other instances the failure to comply may be severe (i.e. new DUI arrest) and the punishment that results may be harsh (i.e. 30 days or more of jail).

Probation can be supervised or unsupervised, with the former demanding monthly meetings with a probation officer.  The way to avoid lengthy supervised probation is to have the alcohol/drug evaluation and the alcohol drug information school or treatment completed prior to sentencing.  This leaves probation very little to supervise.

If you have been arrested for DUI and have either had the case amended to a lesser offense, been convicted of DUI or entered into a Deferred Prosecution, Snohomish County District Court will place you on active probation and demand you appear at the probation office the same day your court case concludes.

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Criminal penalties for a Washington State DUI depends on a BAC reading (or refusal to provide a breath sample) and whether you have any prior DUI convictions within a seven year period.  The mandatory minimum penalties for DUIs are prescribed by the State Legislature and prohibit judges from going lower than the predetermined penalties. 

Regardless of the mandatory minimum penalties you should not assume that the judge will necessarily sentence you to these minimum penalties.  A judge always has the discretion to impose up to the maximum penalty permitted by law.  You may be sentenced to more than the mandatory minimums if there are factors in your case that would warrant a judge to impose a greater penalty.  These factors include, but are not limited to, having passengers in the car (it is worse if the passengers are minors), if you have prior DUIs but they occurred more than seven years ago, if there was an accident, if you were highly belligerent to the police officer, and so on.  Importantly, if you were incarcerated after you were arrested for the DUI you may be given credit for time served, assuming you served more than 24 hours in jail.

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Electronic home monitoring (EHM) is "electronic jail" that is served in your home and is imposed at the discretion of the Judge if you are convicted of DUI.  If EHM is granted by the judge, you must still "qualify" for it by means of an application through the jail where it is ordered to be served. Generally, the jail administrators screen out persons they feel pose "problems" or "risks."The availability of EHM as an alternative to jail is dependent on jurisdiction, so it’s important that your attorney be familiar with the court and the prosecuting attorney and their practice when it comes to EHM.  If EHM is not permitted as an alternative to jail as an option for the court there may be another way to petition the court to grant EHM.  A judge may grant EHM as an alternative to jail if the defendant has a medical needs that make jail time impractical (for the defendant and jail staff) or medically harmful.  In Washington State EHM is mandatory in addition to jail time when the DUI is the second or third in a seven year period.

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