Keeping a Drug Conviction Off Your Criminal Record
Trusted Denton County Criminal Defense Attorneys
Drug cases and charges in Denton County are serious. A conviction on one's
criminal record stays on that record for the rest of your life,. The consequences
can be so grave it can affect earning power, the ability to get an apartment,
a job, or even a bank account. If there is a way to beat your Denton County
drug / controlled substance arrest, we will find that way. However, this
is not always possible. If the state can prove the case against you and
the evidence backs the crime, you will be convicted. The goal is to keep
the conviction off your record and set up a scheme where the arrest, charge,
and all details can be sealed.
How can I keep a conviction off my record?
There are several possible ways to keep a conviction off of your record.
Each case is different. Methods to keep a conviction off one's record
for a Denton County arrest or charge include:
- Deferred prosecution
- Pretrial diversion
- Deferred adjudication
- Deferred disposition
Although deferred adjudication and deferred disposition are often incorrectly
used inter-changeable, they are quite different and each has very distinct
benefits and drawbacks.
Deferred adjudication is a sentencing alternative to an outright pleading of 'guilty'
that can allow a defendant to avoid a conviction. Typically the defendant
enters a plea of guilty or nolo contendre (no contest) in open court,
where the plea is heard by the court, but not entered into the official
court record. Instead, deferred adjudication allows the judge to postpone
or defer any finding of guilt for a set period of time. During this period,
the defendant will be placed under community supervision, which is essentially
Texas probation. At the end of the set period, often six months or one
to two years, and if the defendant has successfully completed the community
supervision, the judge will enter no finding of guilt, and the defendant
will have avoided any conviction by having the case dismissed.
deferred prosecution, also known as pretrial diversion, is essentially the same setup as adjudication,
except that the defendant does not announce a plea of guilty or no contest
in open court. Instead, the defendant is given a set of goals to meet
during a short period of time. If no new arrest follow, and the defendant
meets the pre-set goals, the case is dismissed by the prosecutors.
Call on our team at the Law Offices of Tim Powers!
At the Law Offices of Tim Powers, we are ready to help you defend your
rights and safeguard your future by keeping a conviction off of your record. We offer
free case consultations to discuss your situation and explain how we intend to help you.
Call our Denton County criminal defense attorneys today at (940) 580-2899 and we can begin building your case and working towards
securing a positive outcome on your behalf.