Lynnwood DUI Attorney
Deferred DUI prosecution provides an opportunity for alcohol and drug addicts
DUI to enter into a rehabilitation program in lieu of a trial and probable
conviction. Deferred prosecution is not an acquittal of the charges against
you, but instead a contract with the court in which you agree to four
conditions for five years, and the court agrees to defers prosecution
for five years and, at the completion of five years, dismiss the charges
if the stipulations of the contract have been met in full. A Lynnwood
criminal defense lawyer can review your case and determine whether deferred
prosecution is a viable option. The terms of a deferred prosecution are:
- You must commit to two years of alcohol education classes and two to five
years of Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. Missed classes or meetings will
result in a breach of contract and you will be charged with DUI. You are
responsible for the costs of alcohol or drug treatment, although some
insurance companies will cover intensive treatment.
- Any vehicle that you drive must have an ignition interlock device installed
on it, regardless of whether or not you own the vehicle, for one to five years.
- You will have to attend a Victim Impact Panel, a class in which family
and friends of victims of drunken driving wrecks speak about the effects
their loss has had on their lives.
- You will be placed on probation for five years. Depending on your case,
it may be active probation in which you report regularly to a probation
officer, or inactive probation, which is essentially good behavior and
random checks. You are responsible for all fees related to probation.
Benefits of a Deferred Prosecution
Should you be granted a deferred prosecution and after five years your
case is dismissed, it means you will not face any jail or prison time,
you will not have to pay any criminal fines, you will not have this DUI
on your record, and your license will not be suspended. Deferred prosecution
is recommended for people who are facing
multiple DUI offenses because the
penalties for a first DUI are manageable, whereas the penalties for a second, third,
or fourth DUI are often devastating.
Charged with DUI in Lynnwood, WA? I am
Lance Fryrear and I am more than capable of defending your case. With over 17 years
of defense experience, I have the insight, knowledge, and skills necessary
to evaluate your situation, guide you through the legal process, and defend
your case in court.
Contact the Law Office of Lance R. Fryrear for further information regarding my services as well as a complimentary
personal case evaluation.