What You Need to Know About Probation Violations in Texas

There are few things worse than obtaining a criminal record, however, in certain cases, even when someone is convicted of a crime, courts will give them permission to go on probation in lieu of jail time. For many, this is welcome news, as it allows them to continue their lives, albeit while under strict supervision. If you were allegedly caught violating probation, you should continue reading and speak with our experienced Texas criminal defense attorneys to learn more about probation violations and how we can help you. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What are some of the most common probation violations?

Individuals can be charged with violating probation on a variety of grounds, including the following:

  • Leaving your state or county.
  • Being convicted of a crime while on probation.
  • Neglecting to report to your probation officer.
  • Neglecting to participate in court-ordered community service.
  • Failing to obtain court-ordered employment.
  • Being fired from a job that was court-ordered.
  • Refusing to submit to, or failing drug tests.

What happens if I am charged with violating probation in Texas?

If you were on straight probation, it means that you were convicted of a crime, but the judge allowed you to serve community supervision instead of going to jail. Violating straight probation generally means that you will have to spend the remainder of your sentence in jail. If the violation was particularly serious, however, you may have to serve the entirety of your sentence in jail. If you were on deferred adjudication probation, it means that your conviction was delayed, and as long as you following your probation terms, your charges will be dismissed. If you violate those terms, however, you will generally face the maximum jail sentence for your initial crime.

What should I do if I am charged with violating probation?

If you are charged with violating probation, the first thing you should do is contact an experienced Texas criminal defense attorney. Our firm will obtain all the evidence needed to demonstrate that you did not, in fact, violate the terms of your probation. We know how stressful this time can be, which is why we will work swiftly to clear you of your charges and allow you to move on with your life. For any further questions, simply give us a call today.


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