Most community supervision plans, however, are more complicated and Texas law gives the sentencing judge wide latitude to impose any conditions he or she thinks necessary to protect the community and promote the defendant's rehabilitation. Such conditions typically include one or more of the following:
However, judges can impose - and some have built reputations for inserting - many other creative conditions into community supervision plans. Texas law may also require certain additional provisions for specific types of offenses. For example, a person who receives probation for certain sex offenses may be required to register as a sex offender and submit a DNA sample to the state. Those convicted of domestic violence must make a one-time payment to a local family violence center. Special conditions also exist for those who receive community supervision following a DWI conviction.
There is a common misconception that receiving probation instead of a jail sentence is, effectively, a "slap on the wrist". However, being under community supervision in Texas is a serious matter. Staying out of jail while on probation take a genuine commitment and careful attention to the terms of your individual supervision. However, even knowing what is a probation violation and what is not is not always straightforward. Probation departments and probation officers vary in terms of their quality and their willingness to communicate properly. However, those who show genuine interest in adhering to the rules and staying out of trouble will generally be given all the requisite information and will find the best level of cooperation by probation officials.
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Serving probation in Texas can be complicated, but the consequences of a probation violation are too serious to ignore. As part of our commitment to the rehabilitative side of the criminal justice process, we suggest all probationers take a long and careful look at the terms of their probation and ask for help if there is any confusion or uncertainty. Probation, like parole, is considered a privilege, and it is far better in most cases to stay on probation than it is to be incarcerated for not adhering to the terms of probation.
Probation violation consequences can be severe, including extension of the supervision period, imposition of additional conditions and requirements, or incarceration. Courts generally tailor each defendant's community supervision plan to suit his or her individual circumstances and offense. However, certain conditions appear in nearly every community supervision plan. As such, being convicted of a separate criminal offense while on probation or failing to pay any fines, fees, or restitution almost always constitutes a probation violation.
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