Charged with a Probation Violation in Texas?
Denton County Criminal Lawyers Fight to Help Avoid Jail Time for Denton, Tarrant and Dallas County Residents
The Courts take probation violation allegations very seriously. By cooperating with the terms of your probation, you decrease the chances of increased fines or penalties. However, if your probation officer feels you violated the terms of your probation, you may have to go to Court for a probation violation hearing. Possible violations may include failing to attend classes, failing a drug test or refusing to pay fines. Then, depending on the outcome of your hearing, the Court can revoke your probation.
If that happens, you could then end up serving your full jail sentence. Do not let this happen. Contact the Denton County criminal defense attorneys of Michael Crowder Law, P.L.L.C. We want to help you if a judge issued a warrant for your arrest and/or if you must attend a probation violation hearing in Texas. Our criminal attorneys can help assert your rights in a probation revocation hearing throughout North Texas. We have years of experience defending individuals throughout DFW, including in McKinney, Richardson, and Grapevine.
What Happens at a Texas Probation Violation Hearing? What are the Consequences of a Probation Violation?
At a probation violation hearing in Texas, a prosecuting judge attempts to prove you violated the terms of your probation. You will not have a right to a jury trial. Furthermore, the prosecution needs only to prove the probation violation by a “preponderance of the evidence.” Preponderance of the evidence means more than 50 percent of the evidence shown proves guilt.
If the Court finds you guilty of the violation at your hearing, then you may face jail time, additional or extended terms of probation or disqualification from probation. This can then force you to serve out the rest of your original jail sentence.
Our Denton County criminal lawyer can prepare you for what to expect during a probation violation hearing. We can then identify the best available strategy to defend against the charges. You have a lot to lose; do not take the chance without putting forward your best defense. Please contact the Denton County criminal defense attorneys of Michael Crowder Law, P.L.L.C. for a free consultation.
Examples of Probation Violations
Probation violations depend on the conditions of your probation. Generally, probation periods in Texas range from a few months to three years in length. During this period, you must abide by any conditions set by the court. Breaking these conditions at any time, for any reason, is a violation of your probation.
Examples of probation violations can include:
- Involvement in additional criminal activity, such as aggravated assault, a DWI arrest or shoplifting
- Drug possession, drug sales or other drug charges
- Refusal to pay restitution or other fines
- Failure to report to your probation officer
- Failure to attend mandatory court hearings
What to Do If You Face Probation Violation Accusations in Texas
Texas probation violations are unique in that you are not entitled to recognizance bond. If you fail to consult legal help from a Denton County criminal defense attorney, you could be kept in jail until the court summons you for an appointment.
Hiring a Denton County criminal lawyer is a crucial step towards avoiding jail time and harsh sentences after a charge of violating your parole. We can then discuss alternatives with the Court on your behalf, which may include reducing your bond.
It is important to act immediately to prevent heavier charges if you face charges of a probation violation. Because of this, our Denton County criminal defense attorneys offer a free consultation. Protect your future from the consequences of a probation violation; we can help. Contact us now.