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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.
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:
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.
There is no set number of times that you can violate probation in Texas. Each case is unique and the consequences for violating probation depend on the specific circumstances of the case, as well as the discretion of the judge.
In Texas, if you violate your probation, you may be subject to a range of consequences, including:
In general, it is important to take probation seriously and comply with all of the conditions of the probationary period to avoid violating probation and facing more severe consequences.
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:
The penalties depend on the nature of the violation and if there were previous offenses. Regardless, you need help from a skilled Williamson County probation violation lawyer 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.
Probation violations are serious offenses that can lead to harsh consequences. Consult with an experienced Williamson County 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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