What Happens if I Violate My Probation?

Probation under Texas law is a type of community supervision under which you must follow certain rules and conditions for a specified period of time. If you violate the conditions of probation, you risk having your jail or prison sentence revoked, which means that you could end up serving a term of incarceration instead of remaining in the community. In the case of a probation revocation, you could face very serious jail time.

Some typical kinds of probation conditions include staying out of further legal trouble, undergoing a drug and/or alcohol evaluation, and being subject to random drug tests. You also will be required to meet with a community supervision officer on a regular basis in order to ensure that you are complying with all of the terms and conditions of your probation. Other probation conditions depend primarily on the nature of the crime involved. For instance, if you are on probation for theft or robbery, you might have to pay restitution to the victim of your criminal offense. If you committed a DWI, you might have to install an ignition interlock device on all of your vehicles before being able to drive them.

If you violate probation, your community supervision officer will file a motion to revoke your probation with the court, and the court will issue a warrant for your arrest. Your bail is likely to be higher on a probation revocation than on the original crime. If the state can prove that it is more likely than not that you violated at least one condition of your probation, it is likely that the court will sentence you to serve a period of time in jail.

The Cogdell Law Firm is a well-known Texas criminal defense firm focusing on large, complex litigation, including white collar criminal defense, securities fraud, health care fraud investigation, criminal appeals and state criminal defense. We know how to protect you from the potentially negative consequences of a probation violation. When results matter most, contact Dan Cogdell at (713) 426-2244, email us at dan@cogdell-law.com, or fill out the online form located here.