Potential Penalties for a Probation Violation | What to Know.

If you are accused of a probation violation, continue reading to understand what penalties you may be facing and how a seasoned McAllen, Texas probation violation attorney at the Office of Angel Davila can help keep you out of jail.

What are common conditions that, if broken, can lead to a probation violation?

Depending on the circumstances of your offense, Texas courts can sentence you to different probationary conditions that you must abide by. They can choose from any number of the following conditions:

  • Staying within the state.
  • Wearing a monitoring device.
  • Court-ordered employment.
  • Court-ordered community service.
  • Attending school.
  • Abstaining from illegal drugs, alcohol, and controlled substances.
  • Completing drug and alcohol treatment.
  • Complying with mandatory drug testing.
  • Attending anger management counseling.
  • Reporting to and attending meetings with a probation officer regularly.
  • Refraining from committing or getting arrested for any additional crimes.
  • Refraining from associating with certain individuals.
  • Abiding by a curfew.
  • Paying all court costs.
  • Paying court-ordered restitution to the victim.
  • Surrendering all firearms in possession.

Breaking any of the probationary conditions given to you will lead to a violation and the potential escalation of charges.

What are the common consequences of a probation violation?

The consequences of a probation violation depend on both the severity of the violation and the type of probation you are placed on. For instance, straight probation is when you were found guilty of a crime but were allowed to serve community supervision instead of going to jail. If you violate your straight probation, you will most likely have to serve out the remainder of the entire duration of your sentence in jail.

On the other hand, deferred adjudication probation is when a judge delays convicting you of a crime while you are on probation. If you violate your deferred adjudication probation, you will most likely face the maximum sentence for your initial crime.

A significant factor is that there must only be a “preponderance of evidence,” which is a lower standard than “beyond a reasonable doubt,” in order to be convicted of violating probation. This is why it is important that you retain the services of a knowledgeable Hidalgo County, Texas criminal defense lawyer today, regardless of if you are currently accused of violating straight or deferred adjudication probation.

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With collective decades of experience, the experienced attorneys at the Law Office of Angel Davila are committed to helping protect you from the penalties associated with a criminal conviction by defending you against charges of everything from DUI to Murder, and everything in between. We also help people through various family law and estate planning matters. Our firm proudly serves clients in Hidalgo County and throughout the state of Texas. For quality legal defense when you need it most, contact the Law Office of Angel Davila today.