Criminal cases are often worked out through integrative negotiations. I want to get the best outcome for my client and the prosecutor wants to see that justice is done. To obtain a better outcome, I want to offer persuasive legal arguments that strengthen our position and question the basis for the prosecutor’s case. At times, I also want to tie in curative measures that show intervention has already taken place. Almost every negotiation I have ever had includes a discussion about my client completing an education program. That might mean taking a 12-Hour DWI Education Class, a longer Intervention Class, an Intensive Out-Patient Class, or Inpatient Counselling. No two clients or their circumstances are exactly the same, and prosecutors want the education program to fit the facts of each case. To make sure that a program merits consideration, I advise clients upfront to do an assessment with Counselling Education Services of Travis County (“CES”).

I have been corresponding with Teresa Goff, Administrative Services Director for CES. She reports that during the pandemic, CES has opened virtual assessments for all referral sources. If you have not yet completed counselling and have the time, I recommend that we submit a referral form for a virtual assessment so you can start counselling and get credit for it on your case.

In addition to on-line assessments, CES has started virtual education programs to be completed during the Stay at Home Order. For new enrollees, we can submit a referral form and obtain a start date during the last week of May.

Let me know if you are interested. I believe completing a program before negotiating a final agreement can make a big difference in the outcomes of many cases.