The way people are treated when they are arrested in Houston, Harris County,
Texas leads them to believe that they are guilty until they can prove
their own innocence. Luckily, this is not the law in the criminal justice
system despite beliefs to the contrary. Since most
criminal cases do not go to trial, innovative ways need to be developed by a criminal
defense attorney to get a get case dismissed or prevent a person from
getting a permanent conviction on their record.
One of the main ways a person is able to prevent a conviction is by
obtaining a deferred adjudication. A deferred adjudication is a form of community supervision or probation
that prevents a conviction from becoming final on a person's record.
Once a person successfully completes the deferred adjudication they may
petition the court for a non disclosure (sealing of the records). Some cases may be "sealed' immediately while others have a
waiting period. The down side of a deferred adjudication is that the Government
will also see the record even if it gets "sealed."
An even better way to prevent a conviction on someone's record is by
doing a Pretrial Diversion. A Pretrial Diversion is better than a deferred adjudication because it
allows a person to expunge, clear, or destroy all records pertaining to
the arrest. Most importantly, the Government will NEVER be able to see
the arrest in the future. An example of a Pretrial Diversion is
Astros Centerfielder, Jordan Schafer, who was arrested for
If you are facing criminal charges, call my office in Houston for a