What is a deferred prosecution?
The court has authority to defer a charge of DUI for Five (5) years and dismiss the charge on successful completion of a deferred prosecution program three years after the date treatment has been completed. A deferred prosecution program requires:
- Total abstinence from alcohol or drugs
- Participation a two year alcohol treatment program consisting of intensive outpatient or inpatient treatment.
- Participation in a minimum of two meeting per week of a self help program such as AA
- An evaluation from an alcohol or drug treatment agency finding a significant problem with alcohol or drugs
- No prior deferred prosecution programs
- Financial ability to pay for the program
Agencies we recommend are:
- Northwest Resources - (360) 943-8810
- Damon Counseling - (360) 491-0920
- The Right Step - (360) 923-9585
- Stop Tacoma - (253) 471-0890
NOTE: THE ALCOHOL ASSESMENT AGENCY WILL ASK YOU TO SIGN A RELEASE. ONLY SIGN A RELEASE WHICH RELEASES INFORMATION TO THIS OFFICE. NEVER SIGN A BROAD RELEASE OR A RELEASE AUTHORIZING THE AGENCY TO SEND THE INITIAL REPORT TO THE COURT.
Advantages of a Deferred Prosecution
- Your license is NOT suspended
- You serve no time in jail
- No high risk insurance
- No conviction
Disadvantages of a Deferred Prosecution
- Two years of treatment
- You can only do one in a lifetime
- You still pay probation fees
- Ignition Interlock is still required
- CDL is still suspended
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