In Texas, the conviction of a serious crime involving controlled substances can lead to a sentence of imprisonment amongst other penalties and heavy fines. For this reason, the best option is to avoid conviction. If other options are exhausted and a sentencing is unavoidable, it may be possible for the person to make a persuasive argument in favor of a different penalty to minimize or completely avoid confinement in prison or jail.
Other penalty options may include:
- Probation: The court can impose a term of community supervision, impose a sentence, or suspend all or a portion of the sentence, and require a term of probation to be served in lieu of the suspended sentence.
- Deferred adjudications: This grants an accused individual probation before he or she is convicted of the crime. The individual pleads guilty or no contest, and, as a result, the court withholds entry of judgment of conviction. If the person successfully completes the probation period, the charge is dismissed. However, if the individual commits a crime or violates the conditions while on probation, the individual is returned to court for sentencing.
- Drug court: Many counties throughout Texas have implemented a drug court program into their system. Individuals who are permitted to participate are screened to determine whether they suffer from substance abuse problems that should be addressed through rehabilitation treatment instead of incarceration.
- Court-ordered treatment: If an individual is convicted of a misdemeanor offense, the judge can send the person to a treatment center for up to 90 days instead of imposing a fine or incarnation sentence.
- Electronic monitoring: The court can authorize a person who has received a jail sentence to serve all or a portion of that sentence as “house arrest.” If that does occur, the person may participate in an electronic monitoring program instead of serving a jail sentence.
- Work release: If a court imposes a jail confinement as a condition of probation or imposes that sentence be served in county jail, the court can authorize the confinement to be served during non-working hours so that individual can continue employment. In addition, the court can authorize release for the person to receive mental health, substance abuse, or health treatment.
- Community service: A judge can order a person to complete community service instead of serving a jail sentence or a portion of the sentence unless the jury imposed the sentence of confinement.
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