Deferred Adjudication in Texas is a special kind of probation that gives you the opportunity to keep your conviction off your criminal record. Following a plea of “guilty” or “no contest”, a judge may decide not to enter a finding of guilt, but instead place you on Deferred Adjudication probation. A jury can’t place you on Deferred Adjudication probation. Only a judge can probate your sentence to Deferred Adjudication.
If you were charged with a felony, Deferred Adjudication can keep you out of jail or prison. Felony probation normally has a sentence of 10 years.
When you successfully complete the terms and conditions of your probation, then your case will be dismissed and you won’t have a conviction for the crime on your criminal record.
If you violate your probation while on Deferred Adjudication, the Judge can revoke your probation and can sentence you anywhere within the range of punishment for your criminal offense.