Probation Violations in Denton County
The Law Office of Earl Dobson represents residents of Denton County, Texas in criminal defense matters, including drunk driving, drug and theft charges, and serious felonies. As part of his practice, Earl Dobson also regularly advises clients regarding probation violations.
If you are placed on probation, you must follow the requirements of your probation order, or you risk being charged with a probation violation. While probation requirements are often strict and easy to violate if you are not cautious, the consequences for violating the terms of a probation order are severe. A violation may result in a revocation of probation, and you may be held without bail until the sentencing judge can hear your case. If you are found guilty of violating your probation, more conditions may be added to your probation terms; your probation period may be lengthened or revoked; or, you may face jail time.
Probation is your chance to demonstrate to the judge and your probation officer that you do not need to stay in jail, but a failure to comply with your probation requirements can send you right back to where you don’t want to be. Circumstance that can be considered violation of your probation include:
Committing another crime
Failure to abide by either a court order or an order form the probation officer
Failure to pay a fine
- Failure to attend a mandated-counseling session, meeting with the probation officer, or a set court date
Probation violations typically fall into one of two categories:
- Technical violations – Technical probation violations include general violations of the probation requirements. The most common example is failing to report to the probation officer as scheduled. Other technical violations include failure to notify your probation officer if you are moving, failure to file a monthly report, and testing positive in a urinalysis or other drug test.
- Substantive violations – Not committing any other crime while you are on probation is one of the conditions of probation. A substantive violation involves committing a crime while you are on probation for a previous crime.
If authorities notified you that you violated your probation in any way, contact an experienced defense attorney as soon as possible. Mr. Dobson can help you avoid the maximum punishments, and in many cases, can clear up the violation and cause the original conditions of your probation to be reinstated.