Probation Violation Attorney in Dallas, Texas

According to a report by The Council of State Governments Justice Center, about 47% of state prison admissions in Texas are due to supervision violations. In the state of Texas, probation violation occurs when you break the rules or terms of your probation. Such a violation may lead to your probation being revoked and other ramifications, including additional prison sentences.

If you're under investigation for a probation violation, it’s important you speak with an experienced Texas criminal defense attorney as soon as possible for a strong defense. Attorney Tom Cox is dedicated to providing comprehensive legal guidance and vigorous representation to individuals facing probation violation charges. As your legal counsel, he can review and investigate all the surrounding facts of your case and outline an effective defense strategy to maximize your chances of achieving a favorable outcome.

The Law Office of Thomas R Cox proudly serves clients throughout Dallas, Texas, and the surrounding communities of Irving, Mesquite, University Park, Highland Park, and Grand Prairie.

What Is Considered
A Probation Violation?

Probation is an alternative sentencing option to prison for defendants found guilty of committing an offense. It allows the offender to stay within their community under the supervision of a probation officer. A probation violation happens when an offender breaks, ignores, refuses, or avoids any of the terms, rules, or conditions of their probation. Some of the ways through which probation can be violated include:

  • Failure to report to a probation officer
  • Failure to attend regular meetings with a probation officer
  • Failure to pay probation fees
  • Failure to pay fines or restitution fees
  • Failure to complete or perform community service
  • Traveling outside the area without permission
  • Failure to appear for a court date
  • Getting arrested for an unrelated crime
  • Committing another offense or crime
  • Not consenting to random alcohol or drug testing
  • Visiting certain people or places associated with criminal activities
  • Drug possession, transportation, sale, or delivery.

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The Consequences of
Probation Violation

If law enforcement or prosecutors suspect a probation violation, they can file a motion to revoke or adjudicate probation in court. Upon filing the motion, an arrest warrant will be issued by the Texas court. The alleged violator will be arrested and held in county jail until a revocation hearing can be scheduled.

Revocation Hearing

In Texas, the revocation hearing is held by a judge. During the hearing, a prosecutor from the District Attorney's office will attempt to prove that there was a probation violation. Your attorney will help challenge the prosecutor's case and argue that you didn't violate any terms of your probation. Possible outcomes from the revocation hearing include:

  • No Probation Violation - Probation resumes.
  • Probation Violation – Probation is revoked, and the defendant is sent to jail.
  • Probation Violation – defendant is released, but the rules of probation become much stricter.

Possible Penalties

If convicted of a probation violation, your punishment will depend on the type of probation you have violated.

  • Straight Probation: The defendant will be sentenced to serve the remaining punishment in their original plea. In some cases, the defendant may have to serve the entire sentence.
  • Deferred Adjudication: The defendant may be facing the maximum punishment under the applicable Texas statute.

However, you may be facing brand new criminal charges if your violation involves committing a new crime.

Work With a Skilled Attorney

At the end of the day, every case is unique and the outcome of the revocation hearing often depends on the terms of the probation that were allegedly violated. Attempting to defend your probation violation charges on your own could increase your risk of receiving the maximum penalties. If you are found guilty, your probation could be revoked and you could be sent straight to jail. Therefore, when facing probation violation charges, retaining a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney who can provide comprehensive legal counsel and experienced representation is crucial.

Attorney Tom Cox has the legal experience and resources to successfully represent clients in their probation violation cases. As your legal counsel, he can evaluate every last detail of your case, carry out a thorough investigation, represent you in court, and dispute the charges against you. 

Tom Cox can also fight diligently for a modification of probation terms or help negotiate an alternative penalty. With him on your side, you can rest assured that your case is in good hands. If you or someone you know has been charged with a probation violation, call or reach out to the Law Office of Thomas R Cox today for help.

Probation Violation Attorney Serving Dallas, TX

If you are facing probation violation charges, don't face them alone. Contact the Law Office of Thomas R Cox today to schedule a case evaluation. Tom Cox can offer you the experienced legal counsel, strong advocacy, and vigorous representation you need. He is proud to serve clients throughout Dallas, Irving, Mesquite, University Park, Highland Park, and Grand Prairie, Texas. Reach out today to put a skilled attorney on your side.