Texas truck accident lawyer Amy Witherite explains, “Some states offer pre-trial intervention or diversion programs for certain offenders, usually first-time offenders with no criminal history.”
The truck driver in the Morgan case has agreed to enter such a program, which will last for three years. During those three years, he must perform 300 hours of community service and avoid any criminal charges. If he successfully completes the pre-trial intervention program, he can ask the state to expunge his criminal record.
To qualify for the program, the driver was required to plead guilty to all of the charges against him. However, those charges are put on “hold” while he completes the pre-trial intervention program. The charges are dropped at the conclusion of the program, as long as he complies with all of its requirements.
The crash has prompted many to call for stricter regulations regarding semi-truck drivers who commute for work. Current federal hours-of-service regulations prohibit semi-truck drivers from exceeding 14 consecutive hours of driving time following 10 hours of continuous duty.
Attorney Witherite adds, “Anyone who has been injured in a semi-truck accident should speak to a Texas truck accident lawyer about their rights.