Houston DWI DIVERT Program - Preferential Treatment for Professional Athletes?

Do professional athletes get preferential treatment in the Harris County DWI DIVERT Program?  Don't get me wrong, I'm very happy for this individual and don't blame him.  I would only hope the preferential treatment would extend to all of the rest of those in the Harris County DWI DIVERT Program.  I would like to see the same courtesy to all, not just the professional athletes.

The Harris County District Attorney's Office officially started the DWI DIVERT Program in August of 2009.  According to the District Attorney's office, the minimum contract period for anyone in the DWI DIVERT Program is one year.  Therefore, it seems that none of the people in the DWI DIVERT Program could possibly have been finished with the program and had his case dismissed, right?  WRONG!!!

Let's take a look at the chronology of a local professional athlete's case. 

  • March 2008 - Professional athlete arrested for DWI in Houston.
  • August 2009 - DWI DIVERT Program started by Harris County District Attorney's office.
  • September 22, 2009 - Professional athlete placed into the DWI DIVERT Program.
  • April 1, 2010 - Professional athlete's DWI case dismissed by District Attorney - Just over 6 months into program.
  • September 20, 2010 - Day the case was originally scheduled to be dismissed.

Because we are less than a year into the program, I suspect this case is the only DWI DIVERT dismissal that has taken place so far.  So I ask you again, is there preferential treatment for this professional athlete by the Harris County District Attorney's Office?