Washington state lawmakers are attempting to change the state’s DUI laws so that a 4th DUI conviction within a 10-year period would be a felony. Current DUI laws make a 5th DUI conviction within 10 years a felony charge.
Sen. Mike Padden has introduced Senate Bill 5105 which will be before the Senate Law and Justice Committee this year. There have been discussions in previous years to lower the felony DUI threshold, but they never materialized into law because of concerns over the cost of housing additional DUI felons.
However, after having family members of victims killed by drunk drivers speak at public hearings, lawmakers believe they have enough support to change the felony DUI laws in Washington. Currently, neighboring states Oregon and Idaho have DUI laws that make a 3rd DUI conviction a felony.
Being arrested for criminal DUI in Seattle can have life-changing consequences, especially if you’ve been convicted previously and face felony DUI charges. The Seattle criminal defense attorneys at Dellino Law Group represent clients arrested for DUI in the Seattle area.