Dunham & Jones has been handling Probation Violation cases since 1989. If your Probation Officer feels that you have violated one or more of the terms and conditions of your probation, they will notify the Court, and the Judge may issue a warrant for your arrest. If an arrest warrant is issued for you, we can help you get your arrest warrant taken care of and get your Probation Revocation hearing handled correctly. Our job as your criminal defense attorney is to convince the judge to allow you the chance to successfully complete the terms of your probation.
You can be placed on two different types of probation in Texas:
Deferred adjudication is a special kind of probation. Following a plea of “guilty” or “no contest”, a judge may decide not to enter a finding of guilt but instead place you on probation. If you successfully complete the terms and conditions of your probation, then you won’t have a conviction for the crime on your criminal record. Read more about Deferred Adjudication here.
Regular Probation / Straight Probation
Regular Probation or Straight Probation is when the Judge finds you guilty of your offense and sets the number of months that you are on probation. Your conviction of the crime will go on your criminal record immediately. Read more about Straight or Regular Probation here.
Probation Revocation Hearing
At your Probation Revocation hearing, the Judge has the option to continue you on your probation, modify the terms and conditions of your probation, or completely revoke your probation. If the Judge decides to revoke your probation, this can have severe consequences. Our job at your Probation Revocation hearing is to work with the Court to get you back on probation, so you can successfully complete the terms and conditions of your probation.
Violation of Deferred vs Regular Probation
If the Judge revokes your Deferred Adjudication Probation the Judge can sentence you anywhere within the range of punishment for the offense, but, if you’re on Regular Probation, the Judge is limited to the original sentence imposed when you were placed on probation.
There are many reasons that can cause your probation officer to find you in violation of the terms and conditions of your probation. Some of the most common reasons that cause you to be in violation of your probation:
- Failure to report monthly to a your Probation Officer
- Not paying your monthly Probation Fee
- Committing a new crime
- Not attending your required classes
- Failing a random urinalysis test
- Not maintaining employment
- Leaving the county
If you’re in violation of your probation, contact the criminal defense attorneys at Dunham & Jones to properly handle your Probation Revocation hearing and help you successfully complete the terms and conditions of your probation.
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