A driving while intoxicated conviction can uproot your entire life. The criminal consequences include thousands of dollars in fines and even time behind bars. This doesn’t even include collateral consequences to your job, education, family and future goals.
Thankfully, you might have other options. Texas offers divert or pre-trial diversion programs for struggling DWI offenders. The program serves as an alternative to jail time and upon completion you’ll be able to have your charges dismissed. After the appropriate amount of time has passed you can choose to expunge your charges completely. No employer or licensing agency will be able to pull up your DWI charges.
If you or someone you know has been charged with DWI, it’s crucial you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney.
Texas has some of the most stringent laws for DWI. A conviction doesn’t only result in jail or prison time, but can lead to community service, fines, DWI school and more. The cost of a DWI both socially and financially are enormous. This is why it’s imperative you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney.
Tyler Flood & Associates, Inc. is a group of skilled attorneys who have a strong focus in DWI law. We have successfully practiced in Texas criminal court for years. Our attorneys can collect evidence, file motions and do whatever is necessary to defend your rights. Call today at (713) 224-5529 for a free consultation.
Tyler Flood & Associates, Inc. accept clients throughout the greater Harris County area including Houston, Bellaire, River Oaks, Tomball and West University Place.
Overview of Texas DWI Diversion Program
In 2017, the National highway Safety and Administration Association (NHTSA) reported 16,794 people were involved in an alcohol-related accident. To fight this ongoing issue, Texas has implemented diversion or pre-trial diversion programs to rehabilitate DWI offenders. The diversion program is a type of probation and serves as an alternative to incarceration.
You’ll be required to pay for the program cost yourself and you must follow their guidelines. If you successfully complete the program, then you’ll be able to have your case dismissed. Violating the rules of the diversion program may result in you facing the full statutory penalties for your DWI.
To begin DWI court program you must:
Unfortunately, not everyone is eligible for DWI diversion programs in Texas. You must qualify to participate in a DWI diversion program. If you wish to participate in DWI diversion in Harris County, then you must meet the following requirements:
You can also qualify for Harris County DWI court if you:
DWI diversion or pre-trial diversion programs are typically completed in two years. You’ll be required to undergo intake and assessments to analyze your chemical dependency. This will include a required substance abuse or alcohol evaluation at the beginning of the program.
Listed below are the different phases of the DWI divert program in Harris County, Texas.
Phase I (minimum of 8 weeks long)
Phase II (minimum of 12 weeks long)
Phase III (minimum of 24 weeks long)
Phase IV (minimum of 12 months long)
S.O.B.E.R. – Visit the official website of Harris County courts to learn more about their DWI diversion program S.O.B.E.R. (it stands for Saving Ourselves by Education and Recovery). Access the site to learn more about the program description, who runs the program and their eligibility requirements.
Ten Guiding Principles – Visit a document provided by Harris County courts to learn more about the Ten Guiding Principles to their DWI program. Access the document to learn how they approach first-time DWI offenders, multiple DWI offenders and underaged offenders.
If you or someone you know has been charged with DWI, it’s crucial you gain skilled legal representation. You could qualify for DWI diversion court and avoid jail or prison time. If you’re eligible, you could have your charges dismissed once the program is finished.
Contact Tyler Flood & Associates, Inc. today for a case evaluation. Our attorneys are skilled in DWI defense with years of experience. We have advocated DWI diversion programs for many our clients with success. Contact us today at (713) 224-5529 to speak to an experienced attorney.
The attorneys at Tyler Flood & Associates, Inc. represent people throughout the greater Houston area including Bellaire, Tomball, Pasadena and River Oaks.
This article was last updated on March 7th, 2019.