Can I Get Pretrial Diversion For DUI?
A drunk driving conviction can affect your life for years to come. It could affect your employment, your insurance rates and your reputation. Anyone who looks up your criminal record will know that you were convicted of drunk driving.
In Texas, it may be possible to avoid the stigma of a drunk driving conviction on your record through pretrial diversion. Pretrial diversion may be an option if you are a first-time offender with a valid driver’s license and your blood alcohol content (BAC) level was under 0.15.
At The Garza Law Firm in Corpus Christi, Texas, we offer a initial consultation to discuss pretrial diversion and other ways of dealing with a DUI arrest. Call 361-248-5753 to schedule a consultation with lawyer Veronica Garza.
What Is Pretrial Diversion?
Some Texas counties offer pretrial diversion as a way of resolving a DUI or DWI arrest without a conviction. Nueces County, Kleberg County and San Patricio County are among counties offering pretrial diversion for drunk driving. District attorneys in other southern Texas counties may agree to offer it.
To participate in a pretrial diversion program, you will need to pay a fee, participate in an alcohol education program and use an ignition interlock device for at least half the time during your one-year driver’s license suspension.
If you complete pretrial diversion, your DUI or DWI case will be dismissed after one year. At that time, lawyer Veronica Garza can file for an expunction of your DUI arrest records. Following the pretrial diversion and expunction, it will be as if the DUI arrest never happened.