One of the more controversial areas in Washington DUI law is deferred prosecution. Under RCW Chapter 10.05, a person who truly believes they suffer from either alcohol or drug addiction or mental illness can petition the court for a dismissal of his or her DUI charge. In exchange, that person must undergo an intensive alcohol, drug or mental health treatment program, complete the program successfully and follow all conditions of the court for a period of five years. Successful completion likely means a dismissal. Failure almost certainly means a conviction.
While a deferred prosecution is a viable DUI defense strategy, it may not be for everyone. Find out if deferred prosecution is right for your case, or call our Seattle DUI attorneys for a free consultation.