Probation Violation Lawyer in Dallas

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A major factor in defending a Dallas probation violation case is to determine what the defendant’s original offense was. Stricter violation penalties can be imposed on more serious crimes. If you've been charged for violating your probation, you should not hesitate to contact Peter Barrett.

The most important factors to consider for an alleged violation are:

  • What offense is the defendant on probation for?
  • What sort of probation violations is the defendant accused of committing?
  • What is the maximum possible sentence that the defendant is facing?

Navigating these legal nuances can be difficult. Call our Dallas criminal defense lawyer at (214) 307-8667 to get answers to your questions.

Technical vs. Substantive Violations

There is a big difference between “technical violations,” such as a missed probation appointment or failure to pay fees, and “substantive violations,” which can refer to being arrested for a new offense. Technical violations are often overlooked by the judge and will not result in probation being revoked, though it may result in stricter probation terms.

More serious substantive violations may result in the following sanctions:

  • A judicial reprimand where the judge speaks seriously about the violations
  • Time in jail as a condition of continuing probation
  • Adjudication of guilt if the defendant has been on deferred probation
  • Continuation of probation with additional conditions
  • Inpatient substance abuse treatment, including SAFP
  • Shock probation which consists of up to 180 days in prison
  • Revocation with a sentence of county jail time or prison

Determining What Type of Probation You Are On

The maximum sentence that a person faces depends whether they are on regular probation or deferred adjudication probation. When you are on regular probation, you face being sentenced to several months or years in either jail or prison, depending on the seriousness of your offense. This sentence is then probated or suspended by the judge for a period of time.

Another type of probation that is sometimes available is “deferred adjudication.” Under this type of probation, a person pleads guilty and the judge instead places them on probation without conviction. If you violate deferred probation, you can face the full punishment.

Get Counsel Today—Call Our Firm at (214) 307-8667

If you are charged with probation violation, it may be possible to get a bond set for release while the motion to revoke is pending. This is usually advantageous because it allows you to comply with any judge recommendations as soon as possible. Our experienced Dallas criminal defense attorney has many contacts within the community that might benefit you and your case.

If you have been charged with a probation violation, contact us to make an appointment for free consultation.