The State Senate passed a bill that would make a fourth DUI a class C felony if the defendant has three or more prior offenses within 10 years. A class C felony has a maximum sentence of up to five years in jail and a $10,000 fine or both. After passing in the Senate the bill goes to the House where it has previously stalled.
When someone is stopped for a DUI, the police officer will often look inside the vehicle for items such as six packs, bottles of alcohol or other evidence. In the case of State of Washington vs. Froelich No. 48026 (filed 2/14/17) the Washington State Court of Appeals Division II held that a vehicle impound and search was unlawful and upheld the trial court’s suppression of evidence and dismissal of the charge. The ruling was based on the finding that there was an insufficient basis to impound the vehicle because the impounding officer did not give sufficient consideration to other alternatives. […]