A Probation Violation Could Lead To Jail Time
After an arrest and conviction in the state of Texas, a penalty will follow. When appropriate, a person may be ordered to serve probation rather than serve time in jail, but the terms of the probation must be followed.
An accusation of violating probation is serious. If you violate probation, it is possible a judge will issue an arrest warrant. Legal representation is essential because you may be jailed without bond after an arrest for violating probation. A Houston criminal lawyer can file a bond motion on your behalf. The bond could be set higher than it was at the time of your initial arrest, but it could also be a path to being released while you are waiting for a hearing.
Following Probation Requirements
The terms and conditions of your probation will depend on the details of your conviction. It is possible the sentencing judge will issue certain conditions based on your crime and criminal history. It is likely your probation terms will include one or all of the following:
- Have regularly scheduled meetings with probation officers.
- Always attend scheduled probation meetings, and be on time.
- Remain employed.
- Behave lawfully, do not break local, state, or federal laws.
- Do not socialize with criminal associates.
- Refrain from alcohol and other drugs.
- Participate in drug tests.
- Payment of fines and fees.
- Understanding random searches and meetings are possible.
- Travel must be approved before leaving the region.
There are often conditions such as community service requirements and a need to attend substance abuse meetings or anger management counseling as well.
Penalty for Probation Violation Will Depend on the Original Offense
Consequences for violating probation will likely be connected to the penalties of the original offense you were charged with. This could mean a judge would revoke your probation and decide you need to serve the jail time connected to the original crime that led to probation. This is possible even when a person has never violated probation in the past. Probation violations are taken very seriously, even for first time offenders.
Of course what particular term or condition was violated could also have an impact on the penalty. Failing to meet with your probation officer is taken very seriously and not showing up for meetings is rarely forgiven, but if a person is unable to keep up with fine payments, it could be assessed and determined the individual is doing the best they can to maintain payments with their current income. It is important that you do not make any assumptions about how your violation will be handled. Talk to a Houston criminal lawyer to understand your options.
Are you facing a probation violation and are unsure what to do? Our experienced legal team can defend you against criminal charges. We have the knowledge to protect you whether the alleged crime was minor or serious. Reach out to the legal team at Ayson Law Firm to understand your rights. Contact us today for a free consultation with a Houston criminal defense attorney today.