There are penalties for violating the terms of your probation

On Behalf of | Mar 20, 2020 | Probation Violations

Many Texans who are convicted of crimes are assessed a fine, locked up in jail and sentenced to a period of supervised release, or probation. Most convicted defendants must complete their period of incarceration and successfully serve their probation before they can have many of their civil rights restored. Anyone who violates the terms of their supervised release can be brought up on probation violation charges. They may face additional penalties as a result.

Defendants who are on probation have many restrictions placed on their movement and actions in exchange for allowing them to remain out of jail. If you violate any of the conditions of your release, then you may be taken back into custody or have additional restrictions placed on you.

A defendant may be unable to remain out on supervised release if they fail to report to their assigned probation officer as ordered. A Dallas judge may take the same type of action if you fail to appear in court on the specified date or at the time that you were supposed to be there.

You may also lose your ability to remain free if you commit some other type of criminal offense while out on probation. This is especially the case if you are caught using, selling or possessing drugs.

Many defendants are restricted as to how far they can travel while they’re under supervised release. You may be able to leave your area if you get prior permission from your probation officer. If you travel outside of that area, then you may have your right to remain free taken away from you. This may also happen if you visit someone that you’ve been ordered to stay away from.

Some defendants who are convicted of crimes are assessed fines, court costs and are also ordered to pay restitution to their victims. A judge may decide that you’ve violated the terms of your probation if you stop rendering payments on any of these.

Do not wait to get help with your alleged probation violation. Defendants who are found guilty of violating the terms of their supervised release may be sent back to jail or have additional restrictions imposed on them. An attorney can let you know what your rights are in your Texas case when you’re facing some pretty serious penalties such as this.