Parker County - TX
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Law Offices Of Richard C. McConathy
First time arrests can be an intimidating experience. Whether you’ve been charged due to a misunderstanding or because you made an honest mistake – the whole process is stressful, hurried, and confusing. Since Texas is notorious for cracking down on crime, you should contact an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately to start protecting your rights.
If you have been arrested and charged with your first offense in Parker County or any of the surrounding areas don’t face the harsh punishments of Texas law alone. Call an experienced Dallas criminal defense lawyer who will protect your rights and use your first-time circumstances as a mitigating factor in your case.
With thousands of case successes, the legal team at The Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy reviews each case on an individual basis to determine the best defense strategy for you. They will make every effort to help you achieve a favorable outcome in your case.
Call (817) 422-5350 and the Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy will schedule a free consultation for your first-time offender case in Aledo, Annetta, Azle, Hudson Oaks, Reno, Springtown, Weatherford, Willow Park, or the surrounding areas today.
Parker County is a vast area with a large, multicultural population. Therefore, there are as many common first-time offenses as there are things to do in the area. Whether you reside in the area or are visiting from the surrounding counties of Denton, Collin, or other counties like Grayson or Van Zandt, you should be aware of the following common first offenses:
Texas law takes all of these offenses very seriously; however, Parker County has several different programs available to first-time offenders. An experienced Weatherford criminal defense attorney can help you navigate the defense process and find the best defense and/or program for your case.
Since the priority of prosecutors and judges is to put proven criminals who are a serious danger to society behind bars, a dedicated Metroplex criminal defense attorney can make a case based on your lack of a prior record and any other mitigating factors. There are several options available for first-time offenders, including:
Once your negotiations and terms are completed, you may be eligible to have your record sealed or expunged. This may or may not be an automatic process, so consult your lawyer about the specific process for your case.
The following are specific diversion and intervention programs you may be eligible for as a first offender depending on your case:
Felony Alcohol Intervention Program (FAIP) – Parker County — The Parker County Felony Alcohol Intervention Program (FAIP) is a post-adjudication program for the high-risk repeat DWI offender. FAIP is designed to coordinate alcohol abuse intervention with judicial oversight, enhanced supervision, and individual accountability. FAIP provides a consistent and lengthy structure allowing the offender to benefit from the treatment experience. FAIP is the best vehicle within the criminal justice system for expediting the time between an arrest for DWI and entry into treatment. It is designed to divert offenders out of the traditional criminal justice process and into appropriate rehabilitative alternatives.
Mental Health Diversion Program – Parker County — The Mental Health Diversion Program (MHDP) is a pre-trial, post-booking specialty court program for participants in the criminal justice system that have a previous mental health history. The program is judicially supervised and the mission is to provide participants the resources and support to attain emotional well-being and a foundation for long-term success. The Mental Health Diversion Program is completed on average between nine months and two years.
Veterans Court Diversion Program – Parker County, Texas — The Veterans Court Diversion Program is a diversion program for Justice-Involved Veterans (JIV) who are currently facing prosecution for one or more criminal cases. The program offers offenders a treatment option that is judicially supervised. It is designed to divert JIV out of the traditional criminal justice process and into appropriate rehabilitative alternatives. Once the JIV has been screened, assessed, and approved for participation in the program, he/she will promptly begin a treatment regimen that is specific to his/her needs.
Reaching Independence through Self-Empowerment (RISE) — The mission of the Reaching Independence through Self-Empowerment (RISE) Program is to identify vulnerable women with extensive histories of prostitution or prostitution-related offenses, expedite them through the criminal justice system and help them achieve abstinence from all mood-altering substances, mental stability, permanent housing and educational/work opportunities that provide them with the legal means to maintain a healthy, productive lifestyle. The vision of the RISE program is that every woman reaches her full potential and lives a healthy, productive, drug-free, and non-criminal lifestyle. The RISE program seeks to identify women who have a history of experiencing significant trauma in their past which has contributed to their involvement in the criminal justice system. This involvement commonly results in charges of prostitution, controlled substance violations, and theft. With the consent of an individual’s attorney, the person is contacted by a member of the RISE staff. Program prospects are then evaluated through the use of validated assessment instruments and a clinical interview. The goal is to identify individuals who possess the greatest likelihood of achieving positive lifestyle change through participation in counseling and treatment. If selected, the person is offered admission. If the person chooses to participate, she will enter a plea of guilty and receive a probated or deferred sentence with the requirement that she enter and successfully complete the RISE program. An individual treatment program is designed to meet the individual’s needs. It is the mission of the RISE program is to remove participants from the criminal justice system and restore them to a crime-free, substance abuse-free, and mentally stable lifestyle. It is critical to the mission that the participants desire this change and are willing to make the sacrifice necessary to achieve and sustain it.
Youthful Offender Diversion Alternative (YODA) – Parker County — YODA is an alternative to standard pre-trial diversion programs for family assaults. This program provides counseling and case management to youthful offenders aged 17-25, who have been arrested for assault against a non-intimate family member (defined as a blood relative, related by marriage or intimate relationship with another family member). The program is managed and the services are provided by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has specialty training in trauma and abuse. Through counseling and case management, the hope is that solutions and skills development will address the contributing factors and circumstances that led to the arresting incident. Through case management services in collaboration with outside agencies, defendants are given an opportunity to stabilize their lives and gain access to resources that can encourage further development.
Texas law is harsh on criminal offenses, even if you are a first offender. The good news is that many counties like Parker County have several options available for people just like you.
If you have been charged with a first-time criminal offense in Parker County or any of the surrounding areas, call The Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy or contact us online today at (817) 422-5350.
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