Washington not only prohibits drunk driving but also driving while under the influence (DUI) of drugs. And while recreational marijuana use is legal in the state, driving while under the influence of marijuana is not. The penalties for a drug DUI are generally the same as those for an alcohol-related offense.
This article discusses how Washington defines drugged driving and the consequences of a violation.
A Washington motorist can be convicted of a drug DUI for driving or being in "actual physical control" of a vehicle while under the influence of drugs (including marijuana) or with a THC concentration of five nanograms or more per milliliter of blood. In other words, a drug DUI can be based on the amount of THC in your system or actual drug impairment.
The consequences of a Washington drugged driving conviction depend on the circumstances. But a DUI is generally a misdemeanor and carries the following possible penalties:
For some offenders, participation in the 24/7 program will reduce the license suspension period.
Washington DUI law is complex, and the facts of every case are different. If you've been arrested for driving under the influence, talk to an experienced DUI attorney in your area. A qualified DUI lawyer can tell you how the law applies to the facts of your case and help you decide on the best course of action.