If you’ve been arrested on criminal charges, you may want to learn more about Texas pretrial diversion, sometimes called pretrial intervention.
Here at Blizzard and Zimmerman Attorneys, this has been a successful option for a number of our clients facing criminal charges.
In short, this program is a way that you may avoid a conviction and have the charges dismissed once you meet certain conditions.
You should discuss your situation with a criminal defense lawyer, but some background information might be helpful.
PRETRIAL DIVERSION – HOW DOES THIS WORK?
The Texas criminal justice system offers pretrial diversion as a way for certain offenders to avoid prosecution, so long as they meet eligibility rules and comply with conditions set by the District Attorney’s office. It’s a voluntary program, with pros and cons you need to know before you opt in.
- The charges against you are put on HOLD, then they’re dropped once you complete the terms of your pretrial diversion.
- You avoid probation, jail, and a conviction so you can continue work and regular activities.
- You waive your right to self-incrimination and admit to the offense as part of the arrangement.
- If you violate the terms of your pretrial diversion, the prosecutor can resume in pursuing the case against you.
Find out more about Pretrial Diversion here.