A probation sentence is not a get out of jail free card. Probation always comes with a list of conditions or rules that must be followed. In addition to those rules, a person serving time on probation will be assessed costs associated with the probation. These costs can add up to thousands of dollars over the length of your probation.
Before accepting a probation plea agreement in a criminal case, be sure to consult with a criminal defense attorney. A defense attorney from KW Law will make sure you fully understand the conditions of the probation and the consequences if you should violate your probation conditions. We also make sure you know what other options are available to resolve your case. Call us before making any decisions on a plea agreement. We’re here to help.
In order to receive a regular probation sentence, you must first plead guilty to a crime. Regular probation is often negotiated as part of a plea agreement with the prosecutor. Probation means you get to serve your sentence living in the community and following the guidelines of your probation.
A violation of regular probation can result in revocation and having to serve the rest of your sentence in jail or prison, but not always. The judge has several options. The judge could extend the probation period for a longer amount of time; give you a warning and no other penalties; revoke your probation and have you finish your sentence in jail; or, charge you with contempt of court and give you a jail sentence of 30 days or less. A probation defense lawyer at your probation hearing may improve your chances of receiving leniency from the judge. Call us before your hearing is scheduled.
Probation comes with a long list of conditions that must be met on a continual basis. Any violation of those conditions can result in a probation revocation hearing. You are entitled to have an attorney represent you at a revocation hearing. Just like any court proceeding, a criminal defense attorney has the knowledge needed to challenge probation violation complaints and advocate for you with the judge.
KW Law has years of experience in the criminal court system and has completed numerous revocation hearings. She knows how to challenge evidence presented against you. She also knows how to build a case for maintaining your freedom. Don’t go it alone. Call us if you are facing a probation revocation hearing.
A deferred probation or deferred adjudication offers the opportunity to avoid a permanent criminal conviction on your record and having to serve a prison sentence. The conviction and any further sentence is “deferred” or put on hold as long as you fulfill the requirements of your probation. Any probation violation has the potential of ending your probation period, making the criminal conviction permanent on your record, and sending you to prison for the full penalty available under the law. The pros and cons of deferred adjudication can be difficult to understand. Before making a decision on accepting any probation deal, contact us at KW Law. We will help you better understand the positives and negatives of deferred probation in your case.
KW Law is a probation hearing defense law firm in Richmond. We represent clients from communities in Fort Bend County and the Houston area at their probation hearings. Legal representation is worth the investment. Our office is open for calls from residents in any of the surrounding communities – Sugar Land, Katy, Rosenberg, Fulshear, Stafford, Weston Lakes, and all the other communities in Fort Bend County.
Call our office to request representation before accepting a probation sentence or when facing a probation violation hearing. We are here to prepare your defense.