It is important that you comply with probationary terms throughout your probation, or else you may be facing jail time or other harsher criminal penalties. Read on to learn more about the potential penalties for probation violations and how a seasoned Kaufman County, Texas probation violation lawyer at Harrell & Paulson, LLP can help you lessen or eliminate these charges altogether.
What are the types of probation and what are the charges for violations?
There are two types of probation: straight probation and deferred adjudication probation. Straight probation is when you are found guilty of a crime but are allowed to complete probation instead of going to jail. If you are found guilty of violating straight probation, you may have to serve the remainder or the entire duration of your sentence in jail.
On the other hand, deferred adjudication probation is when a criminal conviction for a given crime is delayed until you complete your probationary period. If you complete your probation without issue, then the crime should not result in a conviction. However, if you are caught violating deferred adjudication probation, you may face the maximum sentence for your initial crime.
What are the most common terms that lead to probation violations?
Some of the most common probationary terms include, but are not limited to, the following:
- A requirement to stay within the state.
- Court-ordered employment.
- Abstaining from illegal drugs, alcohol, and controlled substances, completing drug and alcohol treatment, and/or submitting to mandatory drug testing.
- A requirement to regularly report to and attend meetings with a probation officer.
- Court-ordered community service.
- Not committing or getting arrested for any additional crimes.
- A requirement to pay all court costs.
- A requirement to pay court-ordered restitution to the victim.
- A requirement to give up all firearms in possession.
What are the most common penalties for probationary violations?
Depending on the circumstances in which you violate your probationary terms, the penalties may vary. The most common probationary violations are as follows:
- You may receive a warning.
- You may be required to appear in court.
- The term of your probation may be extended.
- You may be ordered to serve time in jail.
If you are facing any of the above penalties, it is in your best interest to retain the services of a knowledgeable Kaufman County, Texas criminal defense lawyer who will fight for the minimization or elimination of these charges.
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