Facing a Probation Violation in Tarrant County? Call me today for immediate help!
Receiving a phone call from your probation officer informing you that Tarrant County Probation is seeking to revoke your probation and sentence you to jail or prison time can be one of the most frightening and confusing experiences a person can have. First and foremost, you must remember that it is in your best interest not to speak to your probation officer about any of the alleged violations of your probation. By speaking to your probationer officer, you expose yourself to questioning that could lead to admissions that could be used against you in court.
If the state of Texas has reason to believe that you have violated the terms of your probation, the State could file a motion to revoke your probation. If you are currently on probation, you were likely told that violating the terms of your probation could result in the imposition of the maximum prison term allowable under Texas law.
Probation Violations That Can Get Your Probation Revoked
Examples of conduct frequently used by the state of Texas as a basis to revoke someone’s probation include:
•failure to report and meet with your probation officer
•failure to pay fines or restitution
•failure to complete drug treatment classes or community service
•testing positive for drug or alcohol
•getting arrested and charged with a new misdemeanor or felony
Whether you have violated a procedural requirement of your probation, such as failing to pay court-ordered fees or complete a class, or have been arrested and charged with a new criminal offense, you need the skill of an experienced attorney to protect your freedom.
If your attorney is unable to negotiate with the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office and the Tarrant County Criminal Court to reinstate your probation, you have two options to resolve your probation revocation proceeding: First, have your attorney thoroughly prepare a strong defense to present before the judge which would prevent a prison or jail sentence. Second, negotiate a plea on the motion to adjudicate to limit any possible punishment.
If you are facing a probation revocation proceeding in a Tarrant County criminal court, it’s important to understand your rights and options provided to you by law. If you have been informed by your probation officer that you have violated a condition of your probation while on deferred adjudication or after being convicted and having the sentence probated, you no longer have the right to a jury trial or proceeding. Under Texas law, only a judge (not a jury) is permitted to hear evidence and make a decision whether to impose any punishment.
What Is Your Next Move?
First, do not speak to your probation officer about the facts of your case. The last thing you need to do is place yourself in a position of questioning from your probation officer. Simply inform your probation officer that you are happy to answer any questions they have when your lawyer is present. Second, immediately contact my office so that I can contact your probation officer and begin to work with probation, the Tarrant County Criminal District Court and a Tarrant County Assistant Criminal District Attorney to negotiate a possible reinstatement of your probation.
Contact the Hampton Law Firm now to schedule a free consultation to determine your rights and legal options.