A deferred sentence is a sentence that is suspended until after a defendant has completed a period of probation following conviction of a criminal offense. If the defendant fulfills the agreement surrounding probation, treatment, and legal financial obligations, a judge may then dismiss the sentence and guilty plea. This is different than a typical guilty plea in which nothing happens at the end of your probation except that you have no further obligations. The typical probationary period is between one and two years. Unfortunately, even if the charge is eventually dismissed, the case will continue to appear as a conviction on the WATCH website. See RCW 10.97.030.
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