Probation is often given in criminal cases, as an alternative to jail. In court, defendants are given a jail sentence, which is then "probated" over a period of months or years instead of being incarcerated. Defendants are expected to follow probation conditions which generally include counseling, a fine, restitution to any victims, and community service. There are also general conditions like regular reporting to a probation officer, avoiding new arrests, and avoiding the use of alcohol or drugs.
If you fail to meet probation's requirements or violate its terms, your probation officer is likely to get upset. They can file a Motion to Revoke Probation and issue a new arrest warrant. This is the point where you should speak with an Austin probation lawyer at Tillman Braniff to assess your situation. If you are found in violation, the probation can be revoked and you could then be sentenced to the original jail sentence that was earlier probated. If you have picked up a new charge, or violated your probation terms in some other way, please contact our Austin probation lawyers for advice. We can begin working to clear the warrant, and act as your advocate between probation and the judge to try to save your probation.
If you are on a Deferred Adjudication Probation, then you have even more reason to contact an Austin probation lawyer. Completing deferred adjudication results in a dismissal at the conclusion of probation, which means no conviction on your record. If your deferred probation is revoked, your case can be adjudicated, and then the conviction sticks forever. An experienced Austin probation lawyer can help convince probation and the judge not to adjudicate the case, and propose a plan to address whatever accounted for the violations without revoking the probation. Give us a call or come see us, at no charge, and see how we can help you.