Appeal: State v. L.P., #11-1-12523-4 SEA
Superior Court Rules That Person Convicted of DUI May Receive Deferred Sentence. A King County Superior Court judge ruled that trial court judges in DUI cases have the ability to sentence DUI offenders to a deferred sentence. A deferred sentence means that the defendant may ask the judge in the future to dismiss the DUI once he or she meets certain conditions. The trial court judge in this case did not commit legal error in giving our client a deferred sentence following a guilty verdict following trial.
Note: the Legislature modified the deferred sentence statute after this appeal to specifically prohibit deferred sentences in DUI cases.
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