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Senate Kills Deferred Adjudication in Texas

Senate Kills Deferred Adjudication in Texas (HB 189 and SB 903)

Over the past several months, it looked like deferred adjudication was going to once again be made available as an option to Texans charged with a first time DWI. Although several similar bills had been proposed since 1984, the last time deferred adjudication was available to DWI defendants, long time opponents became proponents of the two bills introduced in the 82nd (R) Legislative Session. Despite efforts extended by MADD and Texas Prosecutorial Agencies in support of deferred adjudication for first time DWI offenders, neither House Bill 189 nor Senate Bill 903 will become law on September 1, 2011.

HB 189 and SB 903 Died in the Senate Criminal Justice Committee

HB 189 (Smith, R): The bill passed in the Texas House on May 13, 2011 and was received in the Texas Senate on May 16, 2011. The bill was referred to the Criminal Justice Committee on May 16, 2011 with no further action reported.

SB 903 (Patrick, R): The bill was filed on February 23, 2011 and referred to the Criminal Justice Committee March 8, 2011. No action was taken in committee.

Posted on July 2, 2013 in Articles

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