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The Consequences of Probation Revocation in Texas

The Consequences of Probation Revocation in Texas

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 team@jbabblaw.com, or fill out our confidential online form to schedule a consultation with a Dallas-Fort Worth criminal defense attorney.

 

The High Costs of Misdemeanor Probation in Texas

The High Costs of Misdemeanor Probation in Texas

A Favorable Alternative? Perhaps Not

 

First-time misdemeanor offenders are sometimes given community supervision (i.e. probation). Typically, misdemeanor probation takes the place of incarceration. But probationers (the people on probation) must adhere to a litany of restrictions and regulations. Oftentimes, the costs of misdemeanor probation are high. If you are facing criminal charges, you should carefully consider these costs before accepting community supervision. To help you make an informed decision, we’ll go over some of the costs of misdemeanor probation.

 

The Costs of Misdemeanor Probation in Texas

 

Many people mistakenly think probation is easy. In reality, probation can disrupt your life significantly. Terms of misdemeanor probation can include:

 

  • Refraining from committing new crimes
  • Regularly meeting with your assigned probation officer (typically monthly)
  • Abstaining from using drugs and/or alcohol
  • Abstaining from going to bars and/or nightclubs
  • Going to court-ordered treatment, rehabilitation, therapy or counseling (at a cost to you)
  • Periodic drug testing (at a cost to you)
  • Performing community service
  • Paying victim restitution
  • Paying probation, Crime Stopper and court-ordered fees
  • Continuing to meet your financial duties (such as supporting your family)

 

You could also be subject to home inspections and even restrictions on where and for how long you can travel.

The conditions of your probation can vary based on your offense and other facts of your case.

 

The Other Risks

 

Given the harsh terms of misdemeanor probation, the risk of violation is high. And the judge can impose your full sentence if you violate your probation. In some cases, accepting probation can be like setting yourself up for failure. You remain under the purview of community supervision—and thus the courts—for longer than you would in jail. Indeed, some people regret taking probation in lieu of jail time because of the harsh and certain consequences of making one misstep.

 

Ultimately, you should fully consider all your options before making any decisions in your case. To do that, you need to speak with an experienced Dallas-Fort Worth criminal defense attorney. An attorney can explain how probation works and the penalties you could face for a violation. From there, you can work with your attorney to identify the best course of action given your charges and circumstances.

 

If you’re facing misdemeanor charges 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 negative consequences. 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 clients@jbabblaw.com, or fill out our confidential online form to schedule a consultation with a Dallas-Fort Worth criminal defense attorney.