If you are thinking of entering a Deferred Prosecution on your Washington
State DUI or Lynnwood DUI charge, you may want to be aware of a new DUI
law taking effect January 1, 2011.
Prior to January 1, 2011, if a defendant enters a deferred prosecution
on a Seattle DUI or any Washington DUI charge, the court is required to
order the defendant to apply for an
Ignition Interlock License. To get an ignition interlock license, a defendant must have proof of
financial responsibility, which usually means having to get expensive
SR-22 high risk insurance. Under the new DUI law, RCW 46.20.720, however,
as of January 1, 2011, the court is no longer required to order a defendant
to apply for an ignition interlock license when the defendant enters a
deferred prosecution. The court will still order an ignition interlock device, but not an ignition
interlock license. This means that, in most cases, if handled properly
by a qualified
Lynnwood DUI Attorney, a defendant will not have to get high risk SR-22 insurance for deferred
prosecutions entered after January 1, 2011.
I am currently advising
my clients who are considering deferred prosecution to put off entering deferred
prosecution until 2011. While we are not certain how the Washington State
Department of Licensing will handle deferred prosecutions entered in 2011
for offenses occurring in 2010 or earlier, there is a good chance that
DOLwill apply the new rules when it comes to SR-22 insurance.
I recently gave a talk on the new DUI laws going into effect on January
1, 2011. If you are charged with DUI or have questions on how the new
DUI law may affect you, feel free to
CONTACT MY OFFICE.
IF YOU ARE
CHARGED WITH A DUI AND ARE CONSIDERING DEFERRED PROSECUTION, LYNNWOOD DUI LAWYER LANCE R.
FRYREAR IS HERE TO HELP.