Honorable James White, Chair, House Committee on Corrections
John McGeady, Assistant Director Sarah Keyton, Assistant Director
Legislative Budget Board
HB2481 by Metcalf (Relating to the administration of a veterans treatment court program and the eligibility for deferred adjudication community supervision of certain defendants who are eligible to participate in a veterans treatment court program and who committed certain intoxication offenses and the conditions of that supervision.), As Introduced
The provisions of the bill addressed by this analysis would amend various codes as they relate to deferred adjudication for persons meeting eligibility requirements for veterans' treatment court programs and who have been charged with certain intoxication offenses. Under the provisions of the bill, a judge would now be allowed to grant deferred adjudication community supervision to individuals who committed certain intoxication offenses as long as the individual did not hold certain motor vehicles licenses at the time of the offense.
A Class A misdemeanor is punishable by confinement in county jail for a term not to exceed one year and, in addition to confinement, an optional fine not to exceed $4,000. A Class B misdemeanor is punishable by confinement in county jail for a term not to exceed 180 days and in addition to confinement, an optional fine not to exceed $2,000.
Creating a new sentencing option for individuals charged with these intoxication offenses is expected to result in additional demand for the correctional resources of counties or of the State due to an increase in the number of individuals placed under deferred adjudication community supervision. In fiscal year 2018, 68,301 persons were arrested, 18,152 were placed onto adjudicated community supervision, and fewer than ten were admitted into state correctional facilities for the intoxication offenses specified under the provisions of the bill. Whether the bill would have a significant population impact is indeterminate due to a lack of statewide data necessary to exclude from these groups the number of persons who held certain motor vehicle licenses at the time of offense. These data are necessary to estimate the population impact of the bill's provisions related to those eligible for placement onto deferred adjudication community supervision.
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