Texas probation can be pretty complicated, but it is a system designed to protect the community and to accommodate the rehabilitative needs of individual defendants. As a result, every community service plan is different and the consequences for probation violations can vary based on the type of probation, the type of violation(s), the individual probation officer and probation office, and the nature of the underlying offense. If you or a family member has questions about the details of probation in an individual case, the best place to start is with the probation officer. It is sometimes worthwhile hiring an attorney to help if it appears likely that the probation may be in jeopardy due to any number of possible factors. Our office does not represent people in Texas probation violation proceedings, but we can offer the names of highly qualified attorneys in your area who do.
All probation is formal, meaning it takes place under the close supervision of a probation officer. Moreover, the terms of a specific community supervision plan can vary greatly depending on the circumstances of the case and the discretion of the judge. Nevertheless, there are two main types of Texas probation :
While deferred adjudication is usually the preferable option when it comes to types of Texas probation, the consequences of violating probation must never be overlooked. Since probation is the court's way of offering a person a second chance, the probation is not easy to keep in place if the defendant appears to have no respect for the second chance opportunity that has been given. Some judges will sentence a probationee far more severely than what the same person would have gotten had he or she agreed to incarceration at the beginning, rather than probation.
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Attorney Kevin Stouwie chooses to focus his law practice on representing Texas prison inmates seeking early release through parole because he believes people can learn from past mistakes and society as a whole benefits when former inmates receive opportunities to build new lives.
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