Though no one wants to be on probation, for many, it’s a far better alternative to going to jail. That said, when someone is on probation and is accused of violating probationary terms, they have a lot on the line. Contact a Kaufman County, Texas probation violation lawyer from Harrell & Paulson, LLP today to learn more about the penalties for probation violations and how our firm can help if you’re facing them.
Accused of a Probation Violation? A Kaufman County, Texas Lawyer Can Help.
For many, probation offers a second chance at life. Unfortunately, sometimes people make mistakes, or even violate the terms of their probation unknowingly and have to pay a hefty price for doing so. If you’re accused of a probation violation, you need a Kaufman County, Texas criminal defense lawyer you can depend on. You need Harrell & Paulson, LLP.
How Probation Works in Texas
Probation is an alternative to jail time or other harsher criminal penalties. If you’re on probation, you must stay out of trouble and comply with various other probationary terms for the duration of your probation. If you complete probation without any violations, you should avoid incarceration. However, if you’re accused of violating any of your probationary terms, you will face a wide array of penalties. Some of the most common probationary terms are as follows:
- A requirement to stay within the state
- Court-ordered employment
- Mandatory drug testing
- A requirement to report to a probation officer regularly
- Court-ordered community service
- Not committing any additional crimes
Penalties for a Probation Violation in Texas
When someone fails a drug test or otherwise violates the terms of their probation, they can expect to face very serious consequences. That said, there are two types of probation (straight probation and deferred adjudication probation). Straight probation is when someone is found guilty of a crime but is allowed to complete probation in lieu of going to jail. Deferred adjudication probation is when a criminal conviction for a given crime is delayed until the person completes their probationary period. If they complete probation without issue, the crime should not result in a conviction.
That being said, if you’re caught violating your probation, you can face a wide array of penalties. If you’re found guilty of violating straight probation, you may have to serve the remainder of or the entire duration of your sentence in jail. If you’re found guilty of violating deferred adjudication probation, you may face the maximum sentence for your initial crime.
Contact an Experienced Probation Violation Lawyer Today
Anyone accused of violating probation needs a strong legal advocate in their corner. A violation of your probation terms means your future hangs in the balance. Our legal team is here to fight for your right to stay out of jail. Contact Harrell & Paulson, LLP today to schedule your initial consultation with our firm.