Probation Violation Lawyer in Houston
Aggressive Representation for Clients in Fort Bend and Harris Counties
Probation formally refers to “community supervision” wherein the accused, instead of being jailed is released in the community to serve a portion of his sentence. However, the release is not absolute, and you will need to meet certain conditions in order avoid prison sentence. The purpose of probation is to rehabilitate the convict hence you need to show that you can perform good deeds throughout the probationary freedom.
The most common conditions of probation include:
- Refrain from owning a firearm
- Maintain employment
- Enroll in school
- Meet with your parole officer
- Staying within the court’s territorial jurisdiction
- Not committing any felony or misdemeanors
- Abode curfew
Probation rules may also require you to go for rehabilitation related to your offense, stay in a specific geographic area, take part in community service, cut links with known criminals, or meet your probation officer on a set schedule.
If you break any of these rules or commit a new crime, the violation is considered a continuation of your original case, and this can even lead to a jail term. You may only get a warning in case of a minor or first violation, but for serious or repeated violations, you’ll be required to attend a hearing.
No. Although violations of any of your conditions will cause the revocation of probation, the parole officer is not authorized to automatically revoke the probation and bring you back to prison. All parolees who have violated their conditions are still entitled to a hearing to determine whether the probation should be revoked.
What Are the Legal Consequences of a Probation Violation?
The potential consequences of probation violations are very serious. Not only will you face violation charges, but the violation can also open a new criminal case against you. To sail through, it’s advisable to hire a lawyer to face the court on your behalf. The legal representative will prepare for the probation hearing on your behalf and either refute the claim or admit to it with a valid explanation. A successful lawsuit may mitigate the penalties of the violation, and the court may only decide to extend the probation.
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If you or your loved one is facing probation violations charges, contact Carter Law to discuss your options. We’ll link you up with one of our criminal defense attorneys to take you through the legal proceeding. The attorney will make sure that your legal rights are protected at each stage of the proceeding and that you receive a fair hearing.