What Is Deferred Adjudication?

Deferred adjudication is a form of probation that’s sometimes offered to individuals facing criminal charges as an alternative to conviction.

With deferred adjudication, the defendant pleads no contest and then enters into a probation period set by the court. If they successfully complete the probation period with good behavior, their charges are dismissed, and their record is cleared of conviction. T

As far as facing criminal charges goes, this is one of the best outcomes available – especially when the person who receives deferred adjudication was likely to face conviction at trial. However, if they fail to comply with the terms of their probation, then they will be found guilty and sentenced accordingly.

Deferred Adjudication vs. Straight Probation

The primary difference between deferred adjudication probation and straight probation is that the latter occurs after a conviction, whereas the former is intended to avoid conviction.

If you are offered deferred adjudication, it means the court is offering you a probationary period during which good behavior could result in your charges being dismissed. When straight probation is ordered, it means you are already convicted of a crime, but the court is willing to have you serve probation in lieu of jail time.

When Is Deferred Adjudication Offered in Texas?

In Texas, deferred adjudication can be offered to certain individuals facing criminal charges. Generally, this form of probation is available for defendants who have never been convicted of a felony and may face misdemeanor or lower felony charges. In some cases, violent offenders are also eligible for deferred adjudication if approved by the court.

When deferred adjudication is one of the best options available for your legal situation, an experienced criminal defense attorney may be able to help you secure it.

Contact Us for Legal Assistance

At Rodriguez & Gimbert, P.L.L.C., we understand that facing criminal charges can be an overwhelming and frightening experience. That's why we're here to provide dedicated legal representation to help our clients fight for the best possible outcomes in their cases.

Our experienced attorneys have a thorough understanding of state and federal laws, as well as a deep knowledge of the court system, which allows us to craft effective strategies and defense plans tailored to each client's individual needs. We take the time to understand your unique situation and develop the best course of action for you. From there, we aggressively fight for justice in court and beyond.

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