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When will a DUI sentence be increased?

In the state of Washington, our legislature has laid out mandatory minimum penalties for DUIs. On your first‑time offense, they are one day in jail, possibly two days. However, the court isn’t bound by the mandatory minimums.

They can sentence up to the maximum penalty, which is 364 days in jail. Factors that they take into account is, was there an accident involved? Were there children in the car? Were there passengers that were hurt? All those factors can be taken into account. Oftentimes, the sentences are higher than what the mandatory minimums are, even if you don’t have history because of these aggravating factors.

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