Harris County DA's Office Changes Tune on DWI DIVERT Program

The Harris County DWI DIVERT Program has turned into exactly what I expected at the inception of the program.  Despite the promises by Roger Bridgwater when the program was first created, the standard line that we are now hearing from prosecutors is, "If we evaluate the case for trial, the DWI Divert Program is no longer on the table as an option in this case."

A little background might help explain.  Roger Bridgwater, the Assistant Harris County District Attorney who came up with the DWI DIVERT Program, told members of the defense bar last year that the prosecutors in the courts would evaluate each Harris County DWI case on the merits.  He went on to say that the evaluation of the DWI case would not disqualify anyone from participating in the DWI DIVERT Program.

Because we are hearing it more and more often, I have to assume the DA's office has a new policy that they have yet to share with the defense bar and has gone back on its original promise.