King County DUI suspects often not charged for months

Number 26060
Subject Courts
Source Seattle Times
Year 2013
Publication Date June 15-16, 2013
Summary After a number of high-profile fatal crashes involving alcohol, the Times examined how the court system in King County takes much longer -- months in some cases -- just to charge offenders in drunk driving cases. Analyzing DUI charges throughout the state, we found that the local district court was an outlier in how long it took to file the case after an initial arrest. Allowing so much time between the arrest and the filing of charges can endanger public safety by keeping repeat offenders on the road.
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