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Washington officials attempt to combat DUI fatalities with court-ordered programs

In King County, a mandatory ignition interlock device is ordered if the defendant is charged with a DUI.
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    December 06, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- As part of the mandated sentencing structure for an individual who is convicted of a DUI, court-ordered programs have been put in place. Not only will the defendant be responsible for paying a fine and have their driver's license suspended for a set period of time, but they will also be issued an ignition interlock device, and may be ordered to enroll in an alcohol education program or treatment program as determined by the judge. All programs are aimed at rehabilitating the defendant, decreasing the chances that they will be rearrested on a consecutive DUI charge.

Ignition interlock device program

In King County, a mandatory ignition interlock device is ordered if the defendant is charged with a DUI, even if they have no prior offenses. While the defendant's license is suspended, they must apply for an ignition interlock driver's license and have an interlock device installed in each vehicle they drive. The device is wired into the vehicle's ignition system. In order to start the vehicle, the defendant must blow into a tube connected to the device, which measures the alcohol content. If the alcohol content is above a preset limit, the vehicle will not start. Some devices require periodic samples in order to keep the vehicle running.

Drug Treatment Programs

After being charged for a DUI, the court will determine whether or not the defendant will be ordered to participate in a drug treatment program. The judge presiding over the case may consider the individual's history and degree of offense before making a decision.

Deferred Prosecution

The state of Washington currently offers the option of deferred prosecution for those who meet the requirements for eligibility. The application must be returned within sixty days of the incident in order to be considered. This deferred program entails the following:
- The defendant must admit to the charges.
- The defendant will not be required to pay the fine or serve any jail time.
- The defendant will not lose their driver's license.
- The defendant must undergo an intensive two year drug and alcohol treatment program.
- Three years after successfully completing the treatment program, the DUI will be dismissed.
- The defendant will be required to use an ignition interlock device on all cars that they operate.
- The defendant will be removed from the program if they are charged with any more DUI charges.

The deferred prosecution program can be extremely helpful to those in need of treatment for a mental, alcohol or drug issue.

Dealing with a DUI charge

If you have been charged with a DUI, it is best to call an experienced DUI attorney to discuss all of your options. A reputable attorney can help you to determine which route of action will be best for you. DUI attorneys are well versed in Washington state DUI laws and will ensure that you are treated fairly.

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