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 What Is a DUI Deferred Prosecution?

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PostSubject: What Is a DUI Deferred Prosecution?   Fri Sep 20, 2013 3:05 pm

DUI deferred prosecution is an alternative to jail time or other penalties for someone who has been caught driving under the influence of alcohol. The details of a deferred DUI prosecution may vary, depending on the jurisdiction, but typically involve an extended period of probation and an agreement to meet the requirements set by the court, such as taking alcoholism classes and having a device installed on one’s car that prevents drunk driving. If a person meets all of the requirements the court sets for DUI deferred prosecution, he may avoid the license suspension, fines, and jail time a judge might normally impose. If he breaks the terms of the DUI deferred prosecution, however, a judge may apply the typical penalties allowed for the DUI offense.

In many jurisdictions, a DUI deferred prosecution is an option for individuals who have been charged with a DUI. Instead of accepting whatever sentence and penalties a judge decides to set, a defendant may agree to a DUI deferred prosecution. This usually means that the defendant won’t face any of the typical penalties, such as jail time and the suspension of his driver’s license. Instead, he may have to submit to a few years of probation, alcoholism classes, workshops through which a defendant learns about victims of drunk driving accidents, and other jurisdiction-specific requirements.


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