If you are being charged with a DWI in Bell County, you may have heard about a program called a Pre-Trial Diversion or Pre-Trial Intervention. It doesn’t matter which term you use (they are both the same thing), but your decision of whether to enter the program does matter. The Bell County Pre-Trial Intervention program has many pros and cons which you need to consider before you make any decision.
Cons of Bell County Pre-Trial Intervention
You have to qualify for the program.
Not everyone is eligible for the Bell County Pre-Trial Intervention program: you must have little to no criminal history, be charged with a non-violent crime, and pass an initial drug test, for starters. While there are many great things about Pre-Trial Intervention, it’s not a “one-size-fits-all” solution that magically makes any DWI charge disappear.
You have to admit your guilt.
It’s the one thing that makes a lot of people stop in their tracks when they first hear about Pre-Trial Interventions. As part of the deal, the State will ask you to sign an affidavit admitting that you are guilty of the charge(s) in question. As long as you keep up your end of the deal and complete the program with no mistakes or other arrests, this affidavit will not be used against you, but if you do slip up, you are kicked out of the program and the prosecution will resume their case against you.
You place a lot of trust in the State.
As with any Texas DWI case, much of your case’s final outcome depends on the leniency of the State. They determine a) whether you can be admitted in the program, b) what hoops you will have to jump through for the length of the program, and c) whether you should be “graduated” from the program. For many, this level of trust is a hard step to take.
Pros of Bell County Pre-Trial Intervention
You avoid going to trial and/or jail.
Pre-Trial Interventions are preferable for both the prosecution and the defense because they keep cases out of the courtroom, saving time and money for all parties involved. Pre-Trial Interventions also prevent you from serving time, which means you can continue to live your life with some version of normalcy: going to work, spending time with your family, and exercising a certain level of control over your free time. Given the choice between possibly getting acquitted in the courtroom and definitely staying out of jail, many people choose a Pre-Trial intervention.
Prevents further criminal charges against you.
Because the Pre-Trial Intervention Program aims to educate and rehabilitate you, successfully completing the program should give you the knowledge needed to stay out of the Law’s hands in the future. As much as the State has a job to do (that is, prosecute you), when push comes to shove, they really do hope they don’t have to see you again. Bell County Pre-Trial Interventions are one tool they use to try to keep you out of the defendant’s seat later on.
The charges will be dropped.
Pre-Trial Interventions aren’t a plea deal or a settlement. After you’ve successfully completed the program, your charges will be dropped. As far as the State is concerned, you have “served your time” and are free to go.
Only a qualified DWI attorney who knows the specifics of your case can help you decide whether a Bell County Pre-Trial Intervention is right for you. When searching for a Texas DWI attorney, make sure you select someone who is fully trained in all aspects of DWI defense.