Deferred Adjudication in Houston, Texas
If you live in Texas, Deferred Adjudication probation is a great opportunity to keep your conviction off your criminal record. With this plea, which is either “guilty” or “no contest”, the judge may choose not to enter a finding of guilt and instead place you on probation. Remember that only a judge has this power- juries cannot put you on Deferred Adjudication probation.
Deferred Adjudication can help you avoid jail time if you’re charged with a felony. With this, your probation sentence is typically 10 years. If you follow the terms and conditions of your probation successfully, then your charges will be dropped and there will be no record of the crime on your criminal history.
If you go against the terms of your probation while on Deferred Adjudication, the presiding Judge can punish you by giving a sentence that falls within the range of what is allowed for your criminal offense.