One misstep and this is on your record forever. Also, if you file the Expunction incorrectly you could waste precious time and money or even bar yourself from successfully expunging the matter in the future. Contact an attorney for the PI phase and the Expungement phase. Protect yourself. Most lawyers discount their fees if they are getting hired for both.
There are huge variety of factors that would determine the sentence. The facts of the case itself, the criminal history of the defendant, and other mitigating information about the defendant. The strength of the case plays a large role in that weaker cases can get reduced to a misdemeanor regardless of the defendant's background. Mitigating evidence would include personal tragedy and efforts at treatment and rehabilitation. The formula is complex and you need a skilled attorney to sort through...
There is not mandatory jail time for a criminal mischief. I presume that more that $1,500 in damage is alleged to support a felony charge. If the damage is less than $20,000, then you are looking at a state jail felony. The DA could offer anywhere from 2-5 years probation or 180 days to 2 years in the state jail and a fine not to exceed $10000.
What happened in the offense, your background, and how upset the owner of the destroyed property are all factors to be taken into account. You need a...
It is normal for an attorney to charge more money for a trial. It is more work to go to trial than to plea out the case, so the attorney can charge a trial fee. That said, it should have been something that was known and agreed to by you when you retained him as a possible additional fee.
There is no problem moving before a case is filed. That said, notifications get lost in the mail, so it would be even more important to hire an attorney to keep up on any potential court dates and monitor the case status.
Consult with an attorney with a copy of your terms if you are just avoiding the hassle of additional costs. If you are refusing without the proper diplomacy, they will immediately red-flag you as a "trouble maker" and amend your conditions to add UAs or maybe even treatment. It is best to stay off the radar while on probation. Talk to an attorney. Have a plan for ANY opposition to probation.
Once it is expunged, it is gone forever. It is like it never happened. You can also legally say that it never happened. You may be thinking of a nondisclosure where certain state agencies can see that you lived out a deferred adjudication probation, but that does not apply to you. Once your case is expunged, it is gone.
Prosecutors will sometimes consider dropping a case if you enter the military. That said, this outcome is rare and case-specific. It may or may not be a possibility in your case. You need to hire a good lawyer to work your case and advise you on how to maximize the best possible outcome in your specific case.
Deferred Adjudication is not an option for any DWI related offense. As a result, people like yourself are stuck with convictions on their records for the rest of their lives. A final conviction cannot be expunged or nondisclosed. The only way to get it off of your record is to be pardoned by the Governor of Texas. You will not be surprised to learn that you will not have success getting an offense like yours pardoned.