If you’ve been arrested for a Dallas County misdemeanor, it may be possible to have your case dismissed. If you have no prior criminal history, Dallas County may dismiss your criminal charge, under certain circumstances, pursuant to an arrangement known as a memo agreement. In Dallas County, a memo agreement is a form of pretrial diversion which requires you to perform certain tasks (e.g., community service), in exchange for which
the State of Texas agrees to dismiss your case.
Certain restrictions apply. For example, to be considered for this form of pretrial diversion, you must never have been previously arrested or charged with a crime. Also, certain Dallas County crimes are not eligible for memo agreements, such as DWI’s, assault/family violence. Additionally, you must sign a contract with the Dallas County District Attorneys Office in which you agree to either perform community service or take a particular class (or both), in exchange for which the D.A.’s office agrees to dismiss your case. For example, if you are charged with theft, you will be required to complete an anti-theft class. Furthermore, you will be requred to pay a fee to the Dallas County District Attorneys Office, and to the Dallas County Adult Probation Department.
If you comply with the conditions set forth in the contract, your case will be dismissed. Additionally, because your case has been dismissed, you are elgible to expunge the charge from your record, after which it will no longer appear as part of your criminal history information.