Deferred Prosecution of DUI Cases in Washington State: Evaluating the Impact on Recidivism

Washington State Institute for Public Policy - August 2007

In 1975, the Washington State Legislature established a deferred prosecution option for offenders arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or impairing drugs (DUI).1 This option was intended to encourage individuals to seek appropriate treatment. In 1998, the legislature modified the DUI statutes. Among other changes, the length of deferred prosecution supervision was increased from two to five years and defendants were restricted to one deferred prosecution per lifetime.

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