Accused Of Violating Probation? Put Experienced Representation On Your Side.
Probation is a delicate matter. When a judge grants probation to someone convicted of a crime, they do so with the expectation of strict obedience to their terms. If a person is alleged to have violated those terms, they could be sent back to prison without much of a trial.
When you’re in a bind, contact Peter Barrett: Dallas Criminal Defense Attorney. With more than 25 years of experience handling probation violations and other criminal matters, our attorney has the knowledge and skill you need in your corner.
Who Decides Whether You Violated Probation?
If your probation officer believes you have violated your probation in some way, several things will happen:
- You will receive a warning from your probation officer or you will be notified that you must make an appearance in court.
- You will attend a probation hearing.
- A judge will hear your case – including arguments from you and the prosecutor– and decide whether you have violated your probation.
If the judge determines that you have violated your probation, you will receive your sentence after the probation hearing is over. Potential sentences are described below.
What Are The Consequences Of Violating Probation In Texas?
If you are sentenced after your probation hearing, the judge presiding over your case may decide to:
- Terminate your probation and send you back to jail or prison
- Require you to undergo rehabilitation
- Order you to perform community service
- Force you to pay thousands of dollars in fines
- Force you to provide financial compensation to any victims involved
- Reinstate the terms of your original punishment
You absolutely need the help of a good attorney when facing one of these hearings. Even if you have violated your probation, your penalties are not necessarily set in stone. By bringing a skilled advocate with you into court, you improve your likelihood of obtaining a lesser sentence.
Know Your Rights And Exercise Them
First and foremost, you have the right to representation if you’ve been charged with violating probation. You also have a right to have your case heard in court by a judge who is able to evaluate your case with objectivity. In addition, you are entitled to receive written notice of the alleged violations with which you are being charged, as well as the opportunity to tell your side of the story by presenting evidence and calling witnesses. You should respond to probation-related allegations as urgently as you would any other criminal charges.
Excellent Representation May Be More Affordable Than You Think
Other defense attorneys will charge you an arm and a leg for things you don’t need, but Peter Barrett creates tailored billing and payment arrangements for each client. There are no fixed fees and no unnecessary expenses, so you never pay more than you have to. In addition to customized rates, our firm provides attentive, personalized service on every case, without exception.
To learn more during an initial consultation, call us at 214-526-0555 or submit an online contact form. We serve clients in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and across Texas.