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Pretrial diversion programs in DUI cases serve many purposes

Having to prepare for and endure a drunk driving trial can be a very stressful experience. Some defendants don't want to undergo them trial process, but they might not be able to get a plea deal worked out. In some cases, these men and women might choose to see if they qualify for pretrial diversion programs.

Pretrial intervention is available in a variety of cases, but some defendants might be interested to know that drunk driving is one of the charges. There are many reasons why these programs can be beneficial for everyone involved.

Relieving the court docket

Many criminal court dockets are full to the limit, with more cases being set for trial every day. When these dockets can get some relief, defendants don't have to wait as long for resolution. This also means that victims can have closure much faster than if they have to wait for a trial.

Improved focus

The prosecution can focus on more serious cases if they don't have to worry prosecuting minor drug charges and similar misdemeanors or non-violent felonies. This allows them to devote more time and resources to cases they do prosecute.

Rehabilitation opportunity

The defendants in these cases can have court-supervised rehabilitation options when they need to address alcohol or drug dependency or addiction. There are many other conditions that must be met to successfully complete these programs, including avoiding additional criminal charges. This helps the offender get back on the right path and remain there when their pretrial diversion program is completed.

Community benefits

For defendants, pretrial diversion programs provide a chance for rehabilitation. There are typically four groups of people who commit crimes:

  • Bad people doing bad things
  • Bad people doing stupid things
  • Good people doing bad things
  • Good people doing stupid things

In Texas, cases that fall into the good people doing stupid things category are hard to resolve. One option for prosecutors to handle these cases is pretrial diversion. Instead of wasting taxpayer funds on incarcerating those who aren't a threat to society, these programs help to punish the person without costly incarceration options.

Defendants who enter into these programs don't have an easy way out of their cases. Instead, they have to live under strict rules while remaining a part of society. This can be a challenge, but the possibilities that come with successful completion of these programs are likely worth it.

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