- Associated Press - Thursday, July 14, 2016

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell says he is taking a tougher approach to DUI cases.

The Spokesman-Review reports (https://bit.ly/29M7DGL ) that Haskell says his office will no longer offer plea deals with reduced charges if a driver has had a DUI arrest in the past seven years. He also says he will not offer first-time offenders lower charges if they have a blood alcohol level of above .08.

The changes will take effect Aug. 1.

Haskell says the new policy comes after his office has had a sharp increase in DUI cases. His office handled 739 DUIs between Jan. 1 and June 30 - 323 more cases than the office handled in the same period last year. He says part of that increase is because of increased enforcement.

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Information from: The Spokesman-Review, https://www.spokesman.com


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