Need an attorney for a Round Rock probation violation case?
Probation violations occur when an individual breaks one of the terms or conditions of their probation order. Generally, a person is put on probation after being charged with a crime. Probation is often used as a lesser alternative to jail time in criminal cases.
When a person violates their probation; however, they are at risk of jail time, possibly for longer than their original offense. If the individual is not ordered jail time, they may have their probationary period extended, fines increased or some other penalties.
What constitutes violating your probation?
Every probation order can be different and have various conditions for an individual to follow. The ways in which people violate their probation would be ignoring or refusing to perform one of the terms of their probation.
This could include any of the following things:
- Not showing up to a court appearance when scheduled
- Not reporting to a meeting with a probation officer when required
- Not paying fines or restitution ordered by the court
- Committing another crime or getting arrested
- Going places or traveling without permission
- Using, selling or possessing drugs
- Not submitting a random alcohol or drug test
If you have violated your probation in any way you could be at risk of serious penalties. The steps that follow depend greatly on your probation officer. There are no set rules as to what happens when a violation is reported, it is up to the discretion of your probation officer.
What are the penalties for probation violation in Texas?
After your probation officer determines or suspects that you violated your probation order, there are a few options. Generally they will either issue you a warning if this was your first offense and if it was not too serious. Otherwise they may require you to appear at a probation violation hearing.
The probation officer will generally request a penalty in court. The judge will hear the case and determine whether or not you violated the probation order and provide penalties if necessary.
Some of the possible penalties that could be ordered include:
- Brief jail time
- Fines or restitution
- Community service
- Surveillance or house detention
- An extended probation
- Additional terms and conditions to your current probation
- Revoked probation and time in prison
The penalties depend on the nature of the violation and if there were previous offenses. Regardless, you need help from a skilled Round Rock criminal defense attorney to defend you at your hearing. We can help show that you either had a lapse in judgment and it will not happen again or we can show that you did not violate your probation at all.
Seek Help from a Round Rock Criminal Lawyer
Probation violations are serious offenses that can lead to harsh consequences. Consult with an experienced probation violation attorney from our firm for help defending against your charges. R. Scott Magee, Attorney at Law offers a free confidential consultation so you are able to discuss your case and your defense at no cost.
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