• What’s the liklihood of a deferred sentence on Reckless Driving?

    Not very good. But it does happen sometimes. If you receive a reduction from DUI or Physical Control to Reckless or Negligent Driving a deferred sentence is still an option for the Judge. However, very few Judges in Washington State will give you a deferred sentence on a Reckless or Negligent Driving reduced from DUI. However, you never know and I have been surprised on occasion. Obviously, it is important to have a DUI attorney that is familiar with Judges in your Court and which ones may give a deferred sentence.

  • Who pays for the deferred prosecution treatment?

    The defendant. You agree to pay the cost of diagnosis (evaluation) and treatment, if you financially able to do so, subject to RCW 10.05.130. Most insurance plans will cover (but not all) and Costs can run from $4000-$7000 or more depending on the provider.

  • Can I get a deferred sentence on a DUI?

    No. Unfortunately, A Municipal or District Court cannot not defer sentence for an offense sentenced under RCW 46.61.5055 (DUI or Physical Control.) A few Judges have done so which typically results in an automatic appeal by the prosecutor. A deferred sentence is different than a deferred prosecution. See this blog for info on deferred prosecutions.

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