Deferred adjudication is a kind of probation, which is generally more preferable a punishment than prison. A defendant is placed on probation for a certain amount of time. If the defendant fulfills the requirements of the probation, the case is “dismissed.” In a deferred adjudication, a defendant will enter a guilty plea, but the judge can decide not to find the defendant guilty and “defers” the finding of guilt.
Many people facing criminal charges are eligible for deferred adjudication. However, some people must rely on routine probation or will face prison time for their crimes. Those with prior convictions, people accused of a DWI (driving while intoxicated), boating while intoxicated, flying while intoxicated, intoxication manslaughter, and operating an amusement ride while intoxicated. Likewise, those charged with certain sexual assault crimes not eligible.
The benefits of deferred adjudication include the dismissal of your case if you complete the terms of your probation. However, to enter into it, you have to admit responsibility or enter a no contest plea. Once you make a plea, it’s hard to have that plea undone. The best way to consider whether deferred adjudication is right for you is to talk to an experienced Houston criminal defense attorney.
The Law Offices of Jed Silverman can provide you with representation from advocates who are dedicated to protecting your rights, freedom, and future. Our founding attorney, Jed Silverman, is among just 10% of Texas lawyers who is a Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, meaning he is incredibly knowledgeable in the criminal defense field. We understand you may be under a lot of stress. Being charged with a crime is no laughing matter and can affect you for the rest of your life. Let us see what we can do for you.
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