Thursday, July 9, 2009

Post-script to Harris County's new DWI policy

After speaking with a source in the Harris County DA's office about the new DWI policy I was left wondering what would happen to those poor souls who were not eligible for pretrial diversion. Surely they would not be left to accept 30 days in the county jail or go to the judge without a recommendation.

According to my source, anyone who is deemed not eligible for pretrial diversion would receive the DA's "standard offer" for a DWI: a few days in jail, time served and a fine or 12-18 months probation.

My one remaining question is, with the new policy, will time served and a fine soon be a relic of the past?

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