Texas Prosecutors’ Pretrial Diversion Program
For certain crimes, Texas prosecutors may offer an option for alleged offenders to complete a pretrial diversion program in lieu of pursuing a criminal conviction for a crime. At Hildreth & Rueda in Austin, our criminal defense attorneys have more than 30 years of combined experience. They know that the best way to protect your permanent criminal record is to keep it clean. The pretrial diversion program is one way to keep your criminal record clean.
What Is A Pretrial Diversion Program In Texas?
In the state of Texas, prosecutors may offer criminal defendants an alternative to going to court and the traditional criminal process. If a defendant proceeds with a pretrial diversion program, they can avoid a formal conviction altogether if they complete all of the terms and conditions of their program.
Who Is Eligible for A Pretrial Diversion Program?
The specifics involving eligibility for a pretrial diversion program will vary from county to county. Generally, any nonviolent misdemeanor charge against you or your student at the University of Texas at Austin and other colleges could potentially be diverted to a pretrial program instead.
If you are facing allegations for suspicion of committing a criminal violation – or are already contending with charges – speak with an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.
What Are the Effects Of Completing Pretrial Diversion?
If you are able to successfully complete a pretrial diversion program, the allegations and charges against you will not show up in a criminal background check. In addition, the charges against you will be eligible for expungement, and you can pursue an order for expunction. If your petition for expunction is successful, you will be able to legally deny that you were involved with a crime if asked on an application for employment or housing.
Schedule A Free Consultation With Our Austin Criminal Defense Attorneys
Our firm offers free, initial consultation appointments. Reach out to us today to learn more about your eligibility for a pretrial diversion program. You can schedule your free appointment by calling 512-415-7648 or sending us an email through our website.