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If you are a first-time offender with a misdemeanor offense in Williamson County, it is possible to have your case dismissed through the Pre-Trial Intervention Program.
The PTI Program is available for offenses such as:
- Possession of Marijuana
- Criminal Mischief
- Driving While License Invalid
- And other minor misdemeanor charges
The attorneys and staff at Mark Morales & Associates can assist you in the application process by answering any questions and assisting you with the required statements to help increase the possibility that you will
be accepted into the program.
The application includes basic information such s:
- Employment Information
- Education Information
- Substance Abuse History
The application also requires two short statements:
- The applicant’s description of the offense.
They must accept full responsibility for the misdemeanor offense.
- The applicant’s special interests and goals for the future.
This is so that the county prosecutor and Williamson County Attorney’s office can determine how essential it is for you to get your case dismissed.
Once the application is completed and submitted, the prosecutor makes a determination as to whether or not he believes the applicant would be an appropriate candidate for the program. If the prosecutor considers the applicant to be a strong candidate, an interview will be scheduled with the Williamson County Attorney’s
office. During the interview, the applicant should show remorse and reiterate their acceptance of the charges and take full responsibility for the offense. At the time of the interview, the applicant must submit to a drug test to ensure compliance with the rules and terms of the program. If the interview is successful and the applicant passes the drug test, he is admitted to the program pending a contract signing that outlines the rules and
conditions of the program. It is not uncommon for the application process to take up to two months; the time may vary depending on how quickly the applicant completes the application and the amount of time it takes for the prosecutor to make a determination.
The program is for six months and includes the following requirements:
- Completion of a County Education Program depending
on the type of offense
- community service hours
- Agreement to stay out of trouble for the
duration of the program.
Successful completion of the program results in a dismissal of the case. Once the case is dismissed, he is ultimately eligible to apply for an expunction. Unfortunately, DWIs are not eligible for expunctions after the
successful completion of the Pre-Trial Intervention Program. Failure to successfully complete any of the
requirements of the program results in a probationary offer that he is required to accept and will not result in a dismissal of the case.
With the tough economic times, large quantities of people are being forced to seek new employment. Frequently, this entails new employers running background checks to inquire about the potential employee’s criminal history. Federal law permits employers to conduct this search. Fortunately, some people are eligible to have their criminal records sealed or expunged depending on the outcome of the case. If your record is sealed that means that potential employers outside of the government realm will not be able to see that you had a criminal charge against you. In Texas, an expunction completely erases the criminal charge and you can legally under oath say that you were never arrested for an offense. To find out if you are eligible for an expunction or an order of non-disclosure visit our website or join us Facebook and submit a free case consultation form.