Pretrial Intervention Programs and Expunction
What is Pretrial Intervention?
Pretrial Intervention is a way criminal cases are handled without Court intervention. In Texas, an attorney for the State may operate a Pretrial Intervention program for the supervision and rehabilitation of people charged with a crime. These programs may require appointments with a supervising officer, completion of classes and counseling, testing for controlled substances, and other restrictions similar to Community Supervision probation.
What to do After Pretrial Intervention is Completed?
Most times, if you successfully complete a Pretrial Intervention for a case filed against you, then the charge is dismissed. However, many people do not know that it may still appear on the criminal history. To remove the data from your criminal history, another step called “Expunction” is required.
Expunctions are separate civil lawsuits where eligible people ask the Court to remove specific information from the person’s official Criminal History Record.
The benefit of a Pretrial Intervention is that unless you were forbidden as a condition of the program, you may be eligible for Expunction. Expunction law is complicated and usually requires the evaluation of your Criminal History by a knowledgeable attorney.
Am I Eligible?
In Texas, the first step for obtaining Expunction is to request a Certified Criminal History from the Texas Department of Public Safety [see instructions below]. Once you have this information, you can contact a knowledgeable attorney to review your records and evaluate your eligibility for Expunction. Errors can be critical to the Expunction process and one should seek an attorney to avoid any serious consequences.
If you want to learn more about the Expunction Process following a Pretrial Intervention Program, please contact Lackey Law Firm today!