After you violate your probation or your probation officer believes you have done so, he or she will consider the nature of the violation (or alleged violation) and your prior behavior. Your probation officer may require you to appear in court, which will likely mean he or she is requesting that the court penalize you in some way. Then, you will participate in a hearing much like a criminal trial, where a judge will review evidence, hear arguments and defenses, etc. During this hearing, you have a chance to make your case heard and attempt to convince the judge to impose minimal or no additional penalties.
Examples of Probation Violation
Whether you do so intentionally or not, you may commit a probation violation if you:
- Fail to appear in court as scheduled;
- Fail to report to your probation officer at the agreed-upon time and location;
- Fail to pay fines related to your criminal conviction;
- Fail to pay restitution to any victims of your actions, as required by the court;
- Violate the terms of your probation by traveling outside agreed-upon geographical boundaries or making personal contact with persons to whom you are forbidden from speaking;
- Use, possess, sell, or are otherwise involved in using illegal drugs;
- Commit another criminal offense; or
- You are arrested for suspected criminal activity, even if the arrest is unrelated to the crime for which you are on probation in the first place.
Are you facing charges for violating your probation? Call Jason Horton Law today at (903) 226-8335 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with our Texarkana probation violation attorney.
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In a way, probation is a test run. Any slip-ups during your probation period could result in a swift return to jail or prison. In the event of a violation, the court may also decide to lengthen your probation and impose additional or stricter limitations. The penalties for violating probation are not the same in every case.
- In Texas, the penalties for violating probation vary depending on the specific circumstances of the violation and the terms of the probation. Possible penalties include additional fines, increased supervision, community service, and, in some cases, revocation of probation and imprisonment.
- In Arkansas, the penalties for violating probation can include additional fines, increased supervision, community service, or revocation of probation and imprisonment. Ultimately, the exact penalty will depend on the specific violation and the discretion of the judge or probation officer who is overseeing the case.
A probation violation attorney can help you avoid the most severe penalties associated with a probation violation. A good lawyer will know the laws in your state and be able to use that knowledge to negotiate a favorable outcome on your behalf. They may be able to reduce or even eliminate fines, or get you a reduced sentence if one is imposed.
An experienced attorney can also help you understand any conditions of your probation and how to comply so that you don't end up in court again. Having a legal professional representing you throughout this process can provide peace of mind knowing that someone is looking out for your best interests and protecting your rights.
Contact Our Probation Violation Attorney Today
Jason Horton Law provides experienced and compassionate criminal defense services. Attorney Jason Horton understands the ins and outs of the criminal justice system in Texas and Arkansas, so he is well-equipped to help you achieve a positive result in your case. For nearly 20 years, Jason has been helping clients in Texas, and Arkansas navigate the aftermath of probation violations and make the most of their situation—and we can do the same for you. Our Texarkana probation violation lawyer can thoroughly review your situation, figure out your legal options, and help you get the most favorable outcome.
You have a right to be represented by a Texarkana probation violation attorney at your hearing. Call (903) 226-8335 now for a free consultation with Jason Horton Law.