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What is Deferred Adjudication?

A felony conviction in Texas carries harsh penalties, such as prison time, fines, and a permanent criminal record that can severely damage your personal life and professional reputation. If getting your entire case dismissed appears out of reach, you may be eligible for deferred adjudication.

Deferred adjudication is a type of plea deal that enables defendants to avoid going to trial and conviction—in exchange for a “guilty” or “no contest” plea. This means you won’t be found guilty but instead the judge “defers” any finding of guilt if you agree to this special type of probation.

The main benefit of deferred adjudication is avoiding a prison sentence, as well as other consequences associated with a conviction. For instance, a drug conviction is also punishable by the suspension of the defendant’s driver’s license.

Additionally, once deferred adjudication is successfully completed, you can file a petition for non-disclosure, which seals your criminal record from private parties. In other words, potential employers and landlords won’t be able to see if you’ve been arrested, charged, or convicted of a crime.

Conditions of deferred adjudication include:

  • Avoid committing another offense
  • Avoid using alcohol or drugs
  • Submit to random drug testing
  • Avoid association with anyone who has a criminal record
  • Report to your probation officer every week
  • Allow your probation officer to visit your home or workplace
  • Obtain or maintain gainful employment
  • Report any changes to your residence, employment, or marital status to your probation officer within five days
  • Stay within the county
  • Pay fines and restitution associated with your offense

If you have been arrested for a crime in Dallas, contact the Law Offices of Robert Gregg today at (214) 891-7536.