Tarrant County Direct

Tarrant County DIRECT Court | Tarrant County Defense Attorneys


Have you been arrested and charged with a drug offense in Tarrant County, but are ready to live drug-free?  The  Tarrant County DIRECT program can help you obtain and maintain sobriety while favorably resolving your criminal case and helping keep your record clean.

DIRECT stands for Drug Impact Rehabilitation Enhanced Comprehensive Treatment. It is a drug court program for non-violent offenders. A person who is accepted into the DIRECT Drug Court Program will go through an intensive probation, but successfully completing DIRECT could result in the person avoid prison time, and even receiving a shortened probation sentence.

DIRECT in Tarrant County focuses on high-risk high-needs individuals.


  • Applicants with significant drug problem over a long period of time.
  • Applicants with a criminal history of two or fewer convictions.


DIRECT Court generally does not accept criminal charges involving weapons and/or death or applicants with a history of assaultive offenses.

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  • Criminal charges with Possession of Controlled Substances under 10g/Possession of Marijuana under 1lb.
  • Offenses where the use of alcohol or controlled substance is suspected to have significantly contributed to the commission of the offense if:
    • The offense did not involve carrying, possession or using a firearm or other dangerous weapon;
    • The offense did not involve the use of force against the person of another; or
    • The offense did not involve the death of, or serious bodily injury to, any person.

Application process for DIRECT Court

Applicant screened by DIRECT staff to determine if pre-trial diversion or post-plea program is the best option.

Provide clean urinalysis upon admission.


Defendant pleads guilty and plea of guilty to deferred adjudication or straight probation for a minimum of two years.

Conditions of DIRECT

  • Narcotics Anonymous and/or Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Random Urine analysis
  • Therapy
  • Employment/Enrollment in School
  • Curfew

Cost of DIRECT Court

  • $1000 fee with total expenditure up to $3,500.
  • Program fee may be paid out over time.
  • Lab fees must be paid at the time of the test.
  • If the program is successfully completed, the remainder of the fee may be waived.
  • Scholarships for program fee cost are available.

Benefits of DIRECT Court

  • If applicant pled to deferred adjudication, he/she may be eligible for non-disclosure.
  • Avoid penitentiary time.
  • Presiding Judges: Louis Sturns, Ruben Gonzalez, Scott Wisch
  • Program Manager: Cynthia Velazquez

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Benson Varghese

Managing Partner at Varghese Summersett PLLC
Benson Varghese is the founder and Managing Partner of Varghese Summersett PLLC. He is a prolific writer and has authored hundreds of articles about criminal law in Texas and at the Federal level. His articles have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Above the Law, and have been selected as Top Blogs by the State Bar of Texas. He was named the Young Lawyer of the Year in 2019 by the Tarrant County Bar Association. Benson led the firm to become one of the 500 fastest growing businesses in the United States by Inc 500 Magazine in 2018. In the same year, the firm was named the Best Law Firm in Fort Worth by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The lawyers at Varghese Summersett PLLC exclusively handle criminal defense matters.
Benson Varghese