What is the blood alcohol limit in Washington?

I am moving to Washington for work, and while I don’t go out often, I like to hit a bar with friends occasionally. What’s the legal BAC limit in Washington that a driver can have before being charged with a DUI?

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Answer provided by
Andrea Barrett
Answered on Jun 23, 2022
Driving under the influence is a severe offense that can land you a hefty fine, a license suspension, and possible jail time, not to mention endanger your life and those around you. In Washington, the legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit is 0.08% for drivers over 21, 0.04% for commercial vehicle drivers, and 0.02% for minors (under 21).
If you’re stopped by authorities and blow over the legal limit, here’s what a first offense DUI carries:
  • Fine of $350 to $5,000
  • 1 to 364 days in jail or 15 days house arrest or 90 days in a 24/7 sobriety program
If you’re caught with a BAC of 0.15% or higher or refuse to submit to a breathalyzer test, you’re liable for:
  • Fine of $500 to $5,000
  • 2 to 364 days in jail or 30 days house arrest or 120 days in a 24/7 sobriety program
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