Houston DWI Defense Attorneys attended a meeting with Roger Bridgwater, the assistant district attorney
that is heading up the Pretrial Diversion program in Harris County. The
meeting was very informative. Some of the highlights of the meeting are
as follow: first, and as a general rule anyone that has been handled by
the police before will be ineligible for the program (including dismissals,
not guilty verdicts, and PI cases). Second, anyone with a felony charge
will not be eligible (DWI child passenger cases). Thirdly, the probation
department will be supervising the person during the program and finally
an ignition interlock with a camera will be required. A person may be
released from their surety bond pending completion of the program. The
length of the pretrial will be from 1-2 years depending on how they score
after being tested and evaluated by the probation department.
A draft of the contract that will be required to be executed was handled
out at the meeting, I will comment on that in a later post along with
the type of people the program aims to help.