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What happens if I do not meet the 4-month Ignition Interlock requirement?

Unfortunately, the 4-month period will keep extending itself. You will not get rid of the Ignition Interlock Device (IID) requirement until you have met it. You simply will not be able to obtain a ...
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Will I be required to appear at the 5-year hearing on a deferred prosecution?

Maybe. It depends on the Court. This is the hearing where your DUI is dismissed. If you are in compliance, timely completed the 2-year treatment and complied with all the other court's conditions ...
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Why was my vehicle impounded when I was arrested for DUI?

Hailey's Law in Washington State requires a mandatory impound of your vehicle for twelve (12) hours on any vehicle driven by a person arrested for DUI or Physical Control. So even if you are ...
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Will my license be punched when arrested for DUI?

No. Washington State Law enforcement officers no longer punch your license when arrested for DUI or Physical Control. The law changed in 2013 doing away with this requirement.
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What's the maximum jail sentence on a Washington State DUI?

364 days. Unless, it is a felony (5th in 10 years). With a 1/3 off for good time - about 8 months. That is the maximum jail time a Judge can impose on you for violations of the Court's DUI ...
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Will a Fourth DUI be a felony in Washington State?

Maybe soon. Current Washington State law is that a fifth DUI within 10 years is a felony. There was a proposal the 2015 legistative session to make a 'fourth DUI a felony, but it failed. See story ...
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How do I check whether I have a valid license?

The Washington State Department of Licensing has an online real-time service that allows you to check the status of your drivers license anytime. See link: Check my driver license status
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DUI Attorney Fee - Payment Plans are Available

Kotlowski Law Office PLLC offers very flexible down payments and monthly payment plans for your DUI attorney fee. Down payments may start as low as $1000.00 if you are eligible. Ty pical monthly ...
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What is Day Reporting in Seattle Municipal?

Day reporting is basically an alternative to Jail for people who do not have the money to post bail, or who have had a poor history of compliance with the Court’s Conditions. (i.e. no ...
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Warrant - how do I set a hearing without being arrested in Seattle Municipal Court?

In Seattle Municipal Court if the Warrant amount is less than $10,000.00 you can go to the first floor of the Seattle Justice Center, 600 Fifth Ave and set a hearing. (you will see clerk windows after ...
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How do I quash a warrant in King County District Court?

Remember, every Court has a different procedure for quashing warrants. See link for King County instructions for each Courthouse. (Auburn, Bellevue, Burien, Issaquah, MRJC, Redmond, Seattle, Shoreline ...
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How long can fines be collected on a felony in Washington?

Forever. If your conviction is after July 1, 2000, your fines, court costs, interest etc. called Legal Financial Obligations or LFO's can be collected for perpetuity. It is outrageous in my ...
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Will "no consumption" of alcohol be a condition of my release?

Probably. It really depends on the Court. That said, most but not all, district and municipal judges in the Seattle area are imposing it as a condition of release - even on 1st offense DUI's. Your ...
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Is the new breath test machine in Seattle?

Not yet. See Seattle Times Story of the Washington State Patrol (WSP) Breath Test Machine upgrade. It has been in the works for quite awhile. BAC Upgrade The new breath test machine Dräger ...
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How do I find someone in Snohomish County Jail?

There is a real-time online register. Just remember it can take several hours or more for somebody to be booked into or released from Jail. Look-up Snohomish County Jail
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How long is SR-22 required on my DUI arrest?

SR-22 insurance is required for 3-years on a DUI administrative suspension and/or revocation or as a result of a DUI, Physical Control or Reckless Driving conviction. To avoid SR-22 insurance you ...
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Will I need "SR-22 Insurance" with a Negligent driving first degree conviction?

No. A reduction of your DUI charge to Negligent Driving First Degree does not require SR-22 Insurance. However, SR-22 insurance will still be required - if you did not win the accompanying Civil ...
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When can I expect Arraignment for my DUI arrest?

It depends. Some officers will give you this date when arrested (Seattle Police Dept.) others you will receive date in the mail within 20 - 30 days or so. (Washington State Patrol) Just depends on the ...
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Why are there no DUI checkpoints around Seattle?

Having recently been in Australia and experienced first hand a DUI checkpoint, it made me think again of the extra privacy protections we have in our automobiles in the Seattle metropolitan area. ...
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Can I get a restricted license during a 30 day probation violation suspension?

No. You cannot get a restricted license during this period. This is a driver's license suspension as a result of violating one (1) of the mandatory DUI conditions.
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Is there a license available if I am suspended for financial reasons?

Yes. The Occupational Restricted License (ORL) may work for you. For example, you are Suspended in the Third Degree for failure to pay court fines (i.e. traffic tickets in collection) or a outstanding ...
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Can I postpone my Washington Department of Licensing Hearing?

Yes. You can continue or postpone the Washington State Department of Licensing (DOL) Administrative Hearing one (1) time - no questions asked. (more than once usually requires an emergency situation.) ...
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Can I drink alcohol on a mental health deferred prosecution?

No. One of the conditions of a DUI deferred prosecution whether for mental health or alcoholism is no drinking. This condition is in place for the duration of the five (5) year deferred prosecution ...
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Will my case automatically close after the probation period?

Not necessarily. You should always check with your DUI attorney or with the Court Clerk to make sure your case is timely closed. I have had many cases just stay open because of administrative inertia. ...
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