If you have been charged with driving under the influence in Whatcom County you have options. Certainly, some options appear better than others. However, the Washington State legislature has considered that some individuals suffer from alcoholism or drug dependence and without treatment, the risk of reoffending is real and concerning. Out of this belief grew the deferred prosecution.
The deferred prosecution program in Whatcom County is not for the faint of heart but if the participant is successful the benefits are obvious, no jail, no license suspension and complete dismissal of your DUI charge. Not bad! And, the best thing is even the Bellingham Municipal Court Judge or Whatcom County District Court Judge will be happy to dismiss your case.
On the downside, the participant will earn these profound benefits as the program is demanding and unforgiving. The alcohol or drug treatment is for a period of two years and consists of three distinct phases, each getting progressing less demanding. The first phase is 3 months long and consists of three treatment sessions per week. The second phase of the treatment program requires one treatment session per week for 6 months. The third and final phase demands the participant complete one treatment per month for the final 15 months. In addition to all the treatment the statute requires 2 AA sessions per week for the entire two years. Finally, the petitioner cannot drink any alcohol for the entire 5 year probationary period (two of these years will require you to meet with probation in Bellingham for two years).
To be eligible for a deferred prosecution you must meet certain requirements demanded by the legislature in RCW 10.05, including:
The benefits to the Washington deferred prosecution program are obvious however it is not something to enter into without serious consideration and discussion with a local Bellingham DUI lawyer. Some of the many factors to include before agreeing to the program include:
For more information about the Whatcom County Deferred Prosecution program please contact one of the Bellingham DUI lawyers at the Law Firm of David N. Jolly.
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