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Deferred Adjudication

Deferred adjudication in Dallas is basically a period of probation where the alleged offender is required to complete various programs and conditions during a certain period of time. Once the alleged offender has completed all requirements, their criminal charges will be dismissed.

If you have been charged with a driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI) offense in the Dallas area, you may wonder whether your offense is eligible for deferred adjudication. Currently, Texas law prohibits all DWI offenders from pursuing deferred adjudication under Tex. Code of Crim. Proc. art. 42.12 Sec. 5(d)(1). However, this may change if proposed Texas legislation regarding DWIs and deferred adjudication is passed.

There are other options to avoid the most serious penalties and punishments in Texas for a DWI offense. It is important to contact an experienced Dallas DWI lawyer to discuss what your options are for your alleged DWI offense.

Dallas DWI Deferred Adjudication Lawyer

If you have been charged with a DWI and want to pursue community supervisions or deferred adjudication in Dallas, or any of the surrounding areas in Texas, including Garland, Irving, Decatur, Terrell, Weatherford, Sherman, Rockwall, Burleson, Waxahachie, Grand Prairie, Denton, Plano, McKinney, Fort Worth, Arlington, Mesquite, Carrolton, Richardson, Lewisville, or Frisco, contact Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy.

Attorney Richard McConathy is knowledgeable in all areas of DWI suspended convictions and will make every effort to help you receive the lightest sentence possible for your particular alleged DWI offense. Call Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy at (972) 233-5700 to determine whether your DWI offense is eligible for community supervision or probation.


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Deferred Adjudication Defined in Texas

Deferred adjudication is a type of probation where the alleged offender is required to complete various programs and conditions during a certain period of time. This type of deferred judgment is usually available for Class B or Class A misdemeanor offenses and certain felony offenses. Once the alleged offender has completed all of the requirements, their criminal charges will be dismissed.

The defendant initially enters a plea of guilty or no contest, but the plea is deferred unless the individual does not comply with the terms of their deferred adjudication. If the alleged offender has successfully completed the terms of the deferred adjudication, they will not be convicted of the offense for which they were charged. Instead, they will have an arrest on their criminal record, but will not show a conviction; their record will instead show deferred adjudication.

The terms of deferred adjudication usually involve monthly reporting to a probation officer, community service hours, random urine testing for drugs or alcohol, court costs and monthly fees.

An individual may be eligible to have their deferred adjudication arrest sealed on their criminal record by filing a Motion for Non-disclosure.

Deferred adjudication can lead to many benefits, including no finding of guilt for a criminal offense. No requirement to disclose the alleged offense once it has been sealed for job application or educational applications.


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Dallas Eligibility for Deferred Adjudication

According to Sec. 5 of Article 42.12 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, individuals who have been charged with DWI offenses are not eligible for deferred adjudication. However, this may change with the recently proposed House Bill 189 and related Senate Bill 395.

If the proposed legislation is passed, individuals who have been charged and convicted of a first-time DWI would be eligible for deferred adjudication. These individuals would be required to install an ignition interlock device and spend at least three days in jail as part of the deferred adjudication requirements. If an individual is convicted of any subsequent DWI offense in Texas, the court will look at any previous DWI deferred adjudication offenses and punish the alleged offender with an enhanced sentence.


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Deferred Adjudication vs. Deferred Disposition in Texas

Texas law also provides for deferred disposition in Article 45.051 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, which is strictly for Class C misdemeanor offenses. It is not formal probation, so the requirements are less stringent. An individual is still required to pay a fine and follow certain requirements, such as not commit another criminal offense within a certain period of time, pay for court costs, complete community service and take certain courses.

However, they do not have to report to a probation officer and are not required to make monthly reports. The offense will be dismissed once the individual has successfully completed the requirements of the deferred disposition.

Most DWI offenses are not Class C offenses, so they are also not eligible for deferred disposition. However, juvenile DWI offenders who commit an offense under section 106.041 of the Alcoholic Beverage Code, and who have not committed two or more previous DWI offenses are generally allowed to pursue deferred disposition for their DWI offense. Deferred disposition is also available for public intoxication or minor in possession (MIP) offenses.


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Deferred Adjudication vs. Community Supervision in Texas

Community supervision in Sec. 13 of Tex. Code Crim. Proc. Ann. art. 42.12 is defined as probation for criminal offenses. This type of sentence is permitted for DWI offenders in Texas.

Community supervision requires an individual to complete certain terms of the probation and/or abstain from doing certain acts while on probation. If an individual is permitted to complete community supervision by the court, they will still receive a conviction after they complete the terms of their probation.

Criminal proceedings are simply deferred without a judgment of guilt and imprisonment and/or fines are suspended until the alleged offender completes or violates the terms of their probation. Also, criminal offenses that result in probation are not eligible for expunction, sealing or non-disclosure under Texas law.

When an individual is required to complete deferred adjudication, a violation of the terms of their deferred adjudication can result in a punishment that falls under the entire range of sentencing for the initial offense. However, deferred adjudication does not result in a conviction for the alleged offense if the offender successfully completes the terms of their deferred adjudication. Finally, criminal offenses that have been deferred are usually eligible for sealing or nondisclosure under Texas law.


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Resources in Dallas for Deferred Adjudication

Texas Constitution and Statutes – Code of Criminal Procedure – This link is to Chapter 42 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, which defines community supervision under Sec. 2 of Article 42.12 and deferred adjudication under Sec. 5 of Article 42.12.

Texas Constitution and Statutes – Deferred Disposition – This link is to Chapter 45 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, which defines deferred disposition under Article 45.051.

Text of Proposed H.B. 189 – This proposed legislation would allow certain first time DWI offenders to be eligible for deferred adjudication instead of typical statutory penalties and punishments. The bill has been passed as amended by the Texas House and has most recently been referred to the Senate Criminal Justice Committee.

Deferred Disposition in Dallas – This link is to information about court and detention services, including deferred disposition, in the city of Dallas. This website contains information on the fees schedule for deferred disposition offenses and a few offenses eligible for deferred disposition in Dallas. The Court and Detention Services Municipal Building is located at:

Dallas Municipal Court
2014 Main
Dallas, Texas 75201
Phone: (214) 670-0109

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Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy | Fort Worth DUI Deferred Adjudication Attorney

Contact Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy today for a consultation about your DWI deferred sentence questions throughout Dallas County in Texas. Richard McConathy is an experienced DWI lawyer in Dallas who will make every effort to help you avoid the most serious penalties and repercussions for your alleged offense.

Complete an online form or call (972) 233-5700 for a consultation about your DWI charges throughout Dallas County in Texas and the surrounding counties of Wise County, Kaufman County, Parker County, Grayson County, Rockwall County, Johnson County, Ellis County, Denton County, Collin County and Tarrant County.


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