Facing Probation Revocation
Adhering to the terms of your probation (i.e., community supervision) can be challenging. If you can’t meet that challenge, the judge can revoke your probation, the potential consequences of which can be staggering. Thus, if you are on probation, you should take a minute to learn about the ramifications of probation revocation in Texas.
One Misstep Can Hurt You
Many people consider probation as a “get out of jail free” card. Instead of serving time behind bars, you get to remain in your community, albeit under the close watch of the state. But step out of line, even just once, and you could face the full force of your original sentence.
Type of Probation
Typically, the consequences of probation revocation in Texas depend—in part—on the type of probation the judge put you on: deferred adjudication or “straight” probation. Deferred adjudication means the judge suspends your adjudication until you complete your probation. Straight probation means the judge adjudicated you and placed you on probation.
If you were already adjudicated and put on straight probation, meaning your charges are not pending, this usually means the judge “probated” your jail sentence. If you fail to adhere to the terms of your probation, however, the judge can revoke your probation and impose your original sentence.
If you received deferred adjudication, however, this means the judge did not adjudicate you. If your probation is revoked, you could face the full range of sentencing available. For example, if you were facing ten years in jail and the judge put you on deferred adjudication probation, you could be sentenced to that full ten years if the judge revokes your probation.
Violated Probation? Don’t Go to Your Hearing Alone
The specific consequences you’ll face for a probation revocation will depend on what kind of probation the judge placed you on and other facts and circumstances of your case. The good news is you are entitled to a hearing before the judge can revoke your probation. You have a right to defend yourself. While probation revocation hearings differ from criminal proceedings in many ways, a Texas criminal defense attorney can still help you defend yourself and fight to keep your probation.
If you are on probation and need a legal advocate in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, JBabb – Criminal Defense Attorneys is here to help. JBabb – Criminal Defense Attorneys will advise you on the best course of action to minimize the consequences of your violation. With law offices in Dallas and Denton, our attorneys provide compassionate legal services to Dallas, Collin, Denton, Ellis, Rockwall and Tarrant counties. Our experienced attorneys handle a wide variety of criminal cases including DWI/DUI, assault/family violence, and other misdemeanors and felonies. Call (214) 329-9433, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or fill out our confidential online form to schedule a consultation with a Dallas-Fort Worth criminal defense attorney.