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First Time DWI Offenders in Texas Now Eligible for Deferred Adjudication

Posted by Jessica McDonald | Sep 03, 2019 | 0 Comments

First Time DWI Offenders In Texas Now Eligible for Deferred Adjudication

By Jessica McDonald, Criminal Trial Attorney in Greenville, Texas

In a new law that took effect September 1, 2019, first time DWI offenders in Texas are now eligible for deferred adjudication.  This means if a person successfully completes deferred probation, the charge will be dismissed at the end of the probation term and will not be entered into their criminal record.

Once put on probation, the defendant will be required to install an ignition interlock device on their vehicle drives. If the defendant blows at least a .03 BAC level, the car will not start, and they will violate their probation.

If a first-time DWI offender has a BAC of .15 or higher, causes an accident, or causes injury, is charged with drunk driving, they are not eligible for deferred adjudication.

If you or someone you know have been charged with DWI, call our office today for a free consultation.

About the Author

Jessica McDonald

Jessica earned her Bachelors of Science Degree in Communications from West Texas A&M University. While there she competed on the University's Forensic team, specializing in persuasive speaking.  She attended Texas Tech School of Law on an academic scholarship. While in law school she participated...


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