Probation Violations and Modifications

 Are you being accused of violating the terms and conditions of your community supervision? Give us a call to help you communicate more effectively with the probation department to see if an agreement can be reached to reinstate your probation. 

Are you unable to work and earn a living because of some unreasonable requirements of your probation?  Give us a call so we can evaluate the terms of your probation and help you determine if a modification is necessary and help you get it changed by the Court.

Revocation and Adjudication Hearings

Are you facing jail or prison because of a probation violation?  Do you need an attorney who will listen to your side of the story, obtain the history of your community supervision, and discuss the facts, the evidence and the law with you and aggressively represent you at a hearing to revoke your community supervision? Give us a call to see if we can help you tell your story to the probation department or the court so that you are heard and all the facts are presented. 

Probation violations can be difficult to defend due to the low burden of proof. This is primarily due to the rules of evidence that typically prohibit certain types of admissible proof being allowable in the prosecution of the defendant. This is exactly why you must act quickly, and hire a trained criminal defense attorney.

Some defenses for probation violations include:

  • Failure to pay
  • Failure to report
  • Failure to submit documents in a timely manner
  • School and/or related violations of probation
  • The defendant could also provide a “false positive” on a court mandated drug test

What Happens After You’re Arrested

When you are arrested for a probation violation, you will be kept in custody until your preliminary hearing, which must occur within a certain amount of days, depending on your county. This will be your lawyer’s first chance to advocate for you in court: make sure you do not say anything incriminating without your lawyer present.

Early Terminations of Probation

If you have completed all the terms and conditions of your probation and are just waiting for the time to expire, you may be eligible for early termination of your probation.  Texas law provides options to allow a probationer to end the term of their probation where certain conditions are met.  Give us a call so we can evaluate your probation performance and determine if you are eligible to get off probation early and regain your life, free of supervision.

Expunctions/Non-Disclosures and Judicial Clemency

Did you make a mistake when you were younger but paid your debt to society by completing probation, but the offense still shows up on your record when you look for a job or try to move forward with your life.  You may be eligible to have the records of that arrest sealed or destroyed, or you may be eligible to have the conviction set aside.  Texas law provides options if you have successfully completed your community supervision and certain qualifications are met.  Give us a call so we can review your situation and help you determine if you are entitled to an expungement, a non-disclosure or judicial clemency.

When charged with a probation violation, the first thing you need to do is contact a lawyer. Probation Violations are handled in a completely different way than most cases, thus, are usually better developed before being filed, and can carry harsher penalties. When you know you are under investigation, you need the assistance of a highly qualified lawyer to protect you. The attorneys at The Williams Firm can help.

We understand how overwhelming facing a revocation of probation charge can be, and pride ourselves on ensuring our clients understand what is happening at every step. We’re dedicated to protecting your rights and giving you the vigorous defense that you deserve.