In September 2013, Bexar County District Attorney’s Office established the M.I.L.E.S. (Meaningful Intervention Leading to Enduring Success) program. It is a pre-trial diversion program offered to young (18-21), first-time offenders charged with qualifying Class A and B misdemeanors. The program allows defendants the chance to have their cases dismissed.
Eligibility. The defendant must be 18-21 years old at the time of the offense. He or she must have no criminal record, including juvenile offenses. The M.I.L.E.S. program application must be submitted within 60 days from the date of the offense, along with a $50 application fee.
Ineligible Offenses. Individuals charged with misdemeanors for family violence, driving while intoxicated or sexual offenses are prohibited from the M.I.L.E.S. program .
Application Process. The application for admission into the program is relatively short and simple. It also allows for the defendant to include mitigating information about the offense or his or her personal life.
Acceptance. The defense attorney is typically notified of acceptance into the M.I.L.E.S. program is 2-3 weeks. Once accepted, the defendant has 10 days to accept, sign the program agreement, and report to Bexar County Pre-trial Services to begin the program.
Requirements of the Program. Once accepted, the defendant will have several requirements that must be satisfied in order to successfully complete the program. Those requirements will differ between Class A and Class B misdemeanors.
Class A misdemeanor: $450 Program fee, 6 months supervision, 48 hours Community Service and Random Urine Analysis;
Class B misdemeanor: $350 Program fee, 3 months supervision, 24 hours Community Service and Random Urine Analysis
In order to apply and be accepted to the M.I.L.E.S. program, the defendant must be represented by an attorney. Call the DWI Dudes Attorney Sean R. Simpson & David P. Lamb today for any questions about the M.I.L.E.S. program and to represent you in your Bexar County misdemeanor charge.