Harris County DWI Diversion Lawyer
A conviction for driving while intoxicated (DWI) will uproot your entire life. The criminal consequences are harsh, and your reputation and personal relationships may suffer also. Fortunately, Texas law offers an option to incarceration and a pre-trial diversion program is one of them. If you have been charged with a DWI, you can complete the program and the charges against you will be dismissed. When you need to avoid the harsh consequences of a conviction, our Harris County DWI diversion lawyer can help with your case.
Our Harris County DWI Diversion Lawyer Explains the Program
DWI diversion programs are intended to rehabilitate individuals charged with drunk driving rather than punish them. After entering a DWI diversion program, you will have to complete a number of requirements. You will have to attend a substance abuse counseling program, appear in court regularly, install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle, and more.
If you complete the program successfully, your charges will then be dropped and you can avoid a conviction. You will also have to pay all fees and expenses associated with the different courses, treatment, and other requirements you must fulfill as part of the program.
Our Harris County DWI Diversion Lawyer Explains the Requirements
Unfortunately, some individuals are ineligible for a diversion program. To qualify for the program, you must meet certain requirements, which are as follows:
- You live in Harris County
- You are on community supervision for a DWI classified as a misdemeanor, and
- You have agreed to the two-year term of community supervision.
In some instances, you may also qualify for the program if you were 17 to 24 years old when you were charged with a DWI, were charged again within two years of that offense, and you are not considered to be high risk.
It is just as important to note that some people are not well-suited to diversion programs. For example, if you believe that you will drink again, you will not be able to fulfill the requirements of the program and so, it may be inappropriate.
Our Harris County DWI Diversion Lawyer Explains the Phases of the Program
Diversion programs in Harris County are divided into four different phases and you will have to meet different requirements during each phase. The first phase is the shortest, lasting a minimum of eight weeks. The third phase is the longest and lasts for a minimum of 24 weeks. From start to finish, diversion programs typically take about two years to complete.
Our DWI Diversion Lawyer in Harris County Can Help with Your Case
Being charged with a DWI is scary, but it does not automatically mean you will lose your freedom. At Ayson Law Firm, our Harris County DWI diversion lawyer can give you the best chance of being approved and will advise on what you can expect. Call us today at 832-209-2297 or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation and to learn more about your legal options.