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Click here for the full text of this decision FACTS:After William Owen Juvrud, the appellee, pleaded guilty to one count of misapplication of fiduciary property, the trial court, pursuant to a plea bargain between Juvrud and the state, deferred adjudication of Juvrud’s guilt and placed him on community supervision for 10 years. Approximately four months later, Juvrud filed a motion to dismiss and discharge his community supervision. The trial court granted Juvrud’s motion, discharged him from community supervision and dismissed the indictment against him. On appeal, the state argued that “the trial court lacked the authority to discharge Juvrud’s community supervision and dismiss the indictment before he had satisfactorily completed two years of community supervision as required by Article 42.12, �20.” Juvrud responded that the trial court discharged him pursuant to �5(c) of Article 42.12, which does not impose any minimum length of time for community supervision. The court of appeals affirmed the judgment of the trial court. The court of appeals concluded that �20 applies only to regular (also known as “straight”) community supervision, while �5(c) governs the early termination of deferred adjudication. Because �5 provides no minimum period that must be served before a defendant is eligible for early termination, the court of appeals held that the trial court had authority to terminate Juvrud’s community supervision. HOLDING:Affirmed. Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Article 42.12 �5 addresses deferred-adjudication community supervision. Not only does it provide for the availability of deferred adjudication, but it also sets out the requirements, restrictions, and procedures concerning deferred adjudication. Section 5 addresses no other types of community supervision. Section 20 provides the guidelines for the reduction or termination of community supervision. Although its title, “Reduction or Termination of Community Supervision,” refers generally to “community supervision,” the definition of which includes deferred adjudication, its language indicates that �20 can apply only to the types of community supervision that follow a conviction and sentence. “While the title of Section 20 may be misleading, a close reading of the article demonstrates that Section 20 and its procedures for terminating community supervision do not apply to a defendant placed on deferred-adjudication community supervision. Rather, �5(c) controls deferred-adjudication community supervision and requires no minimum period of supervision that must be served before early dismissal.” OPINION:Womack, J., delivered the court’s opinion.

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