First Time Offenses: What Happens the First Time You are Arrested?

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First Time Offenses

Benson Varghese discusses his approach to cases where the person charged has never been arrested or convicted of an offense before. Learn more at https://www.versustexas.com/criminal/diversion-programs-criminal-cases-tarrant-county/

Video Transcript:

When a first-time offender contacts us or when their parent contacts us, we walk them through the potential outcomes of a case. And although for a criminal offense, jail or prison time is always a legal possibility, other than Class C offenses, we are trying to do more than keep them out of jail or keep them out of prison. For a first time offender, it is very important for us to secure an outcome that does not leave a conviction on their record. That might be done through a certain type of probation in Texas called deferred adjudication, and it might be done by negotiating a dismissal, either for conditions that are completed up front or by getting them into a diversion program meant for first-time offenders.

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