Deferred Adjudication

Some people mistakenly believe that there are only two outcomes to criminal prosecution: guilty verdicts and not-guilty verdicts. In actuality, criminal proceedings may also end with plea bargains, reduced or altered charges, or deferred adjudication.

When an individual goes in front of a judge for a Class B misdemeanor or higher charge, the judge may choose to place the person under "deferred adjudication", which in essence, postpones the guilty verdict in lieu of a probation or rehabilitation program. If the individual successfully follows the plan outlined by the court, he or she may ultimately be found "not guilty" of the crime. If you would like more information on deferred adjudication, contact Austin deferred adjudication attorney Ian Inglis at (512) 472-1950.

Terms of Deferred Adjudication

The terms of deferred adjudication often include:

  • Probation for up to five years
  • Monthly visits with a probation officer for the duration of the program
  • Regular testing for alcohol and drug use
  • Curfews and travel restrictions
  • Fines and court costs
  • Probation fees

As with most criminal cases, the terms of the probation program often depend on the severity of the crime. Judges typically assign deferred adjudication to offenders who have little or no previous criminal history. Deferred adjudication usually remains on a person's criminal record, but a "non-disclosure" motion may be filed to keep it from being visible during a criminal search.

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If you or someone you know has been accused of a crime, contact Austin deferred adjudication lawyer Ian Inglis at (512) 472-1950.


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