Probation Violations and Bench Warrants
If you find yourself in court because of a probation violation, we can help. Generally, a probation violation occurs when a probationer violates one or more of the terms or conditions of probation. Examples of violations include failing a drug test, failing to report as directed, failing to complete community service, failing to complete required classes, and sometimes for failing to pay fees or other related costs. If the Community Supervision and Corrections (Probation) Department files a motion to revoke your probation, a warrant for your arrest may be issued.
General Terms Of Probation In Texas
Here are some of the general requirements probationers must follow while on probation:
- Report monthly to a designated probation officer;
- Pay monthly probation fee (usually $60.00/month);
- Pay any fines and court costs;
- Pay any court-ordered restitution;
- Avoid persons and places of disreputable character;
- Do not commit any law violations;
- Attend counseling as directed;
- Attend and complete required classes;
- Complete required community service hours;
- Stay within the county of your residence and contiguous counties;
- Submit to random drug testing
What Can Happen At A Probation Revocation Hearing
A probation officer can notify the court if they feel that you have violated one or more of the conditions of your probation. Probation violations can be relatively minor (a technical violation, failure to pay fee, etc), or severe (committing a new offense, failing to report). You are entitled to a hearing on your revocation. Common outcomes include:
- Reinstatement of your probation by correcting a minor violation (fees and costs);
- Reinstatement of your probation with a sanction (a weekend in jail);
- Reinstatement of your probation with an amendment (extension of your probation term, extra classes);
- Revocation of the probation.
DO NOT MAKE THE MISTAKE OF GOING TO COURT ALONE. The prosecutor and probation officer will likely push for one outcome – revocation of your probation. An experienced attorney will know how to argue for and achieve the best result for you, depending on the nature of the violation and other relevant factors. There may be a way to save your probation.
If you fail to appear in court as instructed, or if you ignore a court’s order, a judge will likely issue a warrant for your arrest. This type of warrant is not to be taken lightly. You can be arrested at work or at your home. It is essential that you contact an experienced attorney who can provide guidance and possibly have your warrant recalled. If you are arrested, you will be taken into custody. In that situation you will find yourself at a disadvantage when it comes to negotiating your case – the prosecutors may be less inclined to offer a fair deal knowing that you will take anything just to get out. Don’t let that happen.
Violated The Terms Of Your Probation? Warrant? Contact Us
Whatever the details of your case, it is wise to contact us at Hardy Law Group, PLLC, in Fort Worth, TX, as soon as possible. Call us at (817) 222-0000 to speak with a lawyer. You can also reach us through our Contact page.