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Deferred Adjudication

When minors are caught with alcohol in their system while driving or with a container of something in their hand at a party, they may be eligible for deferred adjudication. This method of punishment is open to the majority of people who have been charged with a class C misdemeanor.

In deferred adjudication, a person goes before a court and pleads guilty or no contest to the charges that were brought against him or her. In exchange for this abbreviated trial process, the court will met out as punishment community service and a probationary period. A final judgment will not be entered by the court at the time of the plea.

At the end of the probationary period, if the charged individual has successfully completed the terms of his or her probation and community service, he or she will have the charges dropped by the state. There will not be a conviction on the person ‘s record.

While many think this plea bargain is ideal because of the lack of the conviction on the record, there will still be a mark on the semi-convicted person ‘s record. The record will show that the person was arrested for a crime and then charged with that crime. In addition, the person ‘s record will show that the individual plead guilty or no contest as part of the plea bargain.

This record of the arrest and plea bargain will stay on the person ‘s record unless they have their record sealed or expunged. Because the record will still exist, it can come back to haunt an individual trying to make their way in the world.

Contact a Dallas DWI Lawyer

To learn more about deferred adjudication for alcohol-related crimes for minors in Texas, contact the Dallas DWI lawyers of the Law Office of Mark T. Lassiter at (214) 845-7007 today.


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