Any person without a criminal record can immediately feel a sense of panic when he or she is arrested for the first time. In addition to concerns about the possible jail or prison sentences, if they are found guilty, alleged first-time offenders also wonder what impact the arrest might have on their jobs, housing, or professional licenses.
Arrests are not the same as convictions, however. In many cases, the lack of a prior criminal record makes alleged first-time offenders eligible for certain programs or other options that allow them to resolve cases without any terms of incarceration or even convictions on their records.
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Common Types of First Time Arrests in Texas
Any person could technically be arrested for a violation of one of the thousands of local, state, or federal laws in Texas. Certain types of alleged crimes are more commonly charged than others.
A few of the types of criminal charges that alleged first-time offenders are most frequently arrested for in Denton County include, but are not limited to:
- Criminal Mischief
- Criminal Trespass
- Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)
- Family Violence
- Minor in Possession of Alcohol
- Possession of a Controlled Substance
- Possession of Marijuana
- Public Intoxication
- Reckless Driving
- Shoplifting / Retail Theft
- Unlawfully Carrying a Weapon
Options for First Time Arrests in Denton County
In many criminal cases, alleged offenders without prior convictions on their criminal records can be eligible for various alternative options to traditional trials. Even if an alleged offender enters a guilty plea, that person may still be sentenced to community supervision (formerly known as probation) instead of being imprisoned for any period of time.
Some of the other options that may be available to alleged offenders who are facing criminal charges for the first time can include:
- Pre-Trial Diversion — By participating in a pre-trial diversion program, an alleged offender agrees to complete all of the terms of the program in a manner similar to community supervision. Satisfactory completion of the program can allow alleged offenders to expunge offenses from their criminal records.
- Specialty Courts — Certain jurisdictions have different courts for specific kinds of criminal offenses or alleged offenders, such as drug courts or veterans courts. Many of these courts emphasize punishments that focus more on the rehabilitation of the alleged offender.
- Deferred Adjudication — When a court defers adjudication, the alleged offender must complete the terms of a sentence of community supervision. Successful completion avoids conviction and jail or prison time, but any failure to abide by the terms of the community supervision may result in the state filing a motion to adjudicate and the alleged offender receiving the original sentence.
Texas Resources for First Time Arrests
Denton County Community Supervision and Corrections Department (CSCD) — The Denton County CSCD supervises adults who have been placed on pretrial diversion as well as adults who have been sentenced to community supervision. On this website, you can view a staff directory, download various forms, and find answers to frequently asked questions. The CSCD has five different locations:
650 South Mayhill Road
Denton, TX 76208
400 North Valley Parkway
Lewisville, TX 75067
816 North Highway 377
Roanoke, TX 76262
The Colony Office
6301 Main Street
The Colony, TX 75056
Cross Roads Office
1400 FM 424
Cross Roads, TX 76227
Police | City of Denton — On this website, you can learn more about the Denton Police Department. Find information about the different divisions of the department, view a crime map, and read answers to frequently asked questions. You can also report certain non-emergency crimes through this website.
Denton Police Department
601 E. Hickory St.
Denton, TX 76205
City of Lewisville, TX | Police Department — Visit this website to learn more about the Lewisville Police Department. View crime and accident reports as well as crime prevention and safety tips. You can also sign up to receive alerts.
Lewisville Police Department
1187 W. Main St.
Lewisville, TX 75067
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