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Georgetown, Texas Defendants Must Be Honest With Themselves When Deciding To Accept Probation

Man speaking to JudgeThis is the second post in our series on probation issues which arise in Texas criminal cases. Our last post served as an overview of topics we will be discussing and stressed the need to consult an attorney if one is considering accepting, or facing the revocation of probation. Many defendants do not understand that being placed on probation has serious consequences or that it can be easily revoked. In this article we will expand on the former of these two points by discussing the need for one to be honest with themselves when accepting an agreement to be placed on probation.

Texas defendants who receive probation usually do so as the result of a plea agreement. This agreements typically involving one pleading guilty to a lesser charge in exchange for the prosecution’s recommendation that the accused receive supervision and avoid prison time. The Court will define the length of the probation and several requirements will be standard. These requirements include checking in with a supervisor, keeping the probation officer apprised of one’s address, seeking and maintaining employment, performing community service, and otherwise staying out of trouble. The failure to meet any of these conditions can result in one facing a probation revocation proceeding – a subject we will address later in this series.

Many people, unfortunately, enter into an agreement for probation without being honest with themselves in regards to their ability to succeed. Such individuals think they will have no issue completing the requirements or, more typically, are willing to take the plea deal purely out of a desire to avoid prison. If one has had difficulty holding a job, making it to appointments on time, or otherwise following instructions then they may be setting themselves up for a failure regarding their supervision. If you are considering accepting such an offer it is crucial that you be honest with yourself as to whether or not you can meet the requirements. If you are unable to satisfy the obligations then you will likely find yourself facing a probation revocation proceeding and may go to prison eventually while also picking up new criminal charges. Consulting with an attorney can help you in reaching the decision which is in your best interests.

Our Georgetown criminal defense lawyers regularly assist defendants who are facing criminal charges for which they may receive probation. We will work to ensure that you understand all of your options and that a reasonable decision is made as to whether an agreement should be accepted or if the case should be otherwise defended. We will ensure that, should you accept a plea agreement, that you fully understand what to expect from the process and that you receive the best terms possible. You are facing a serious situation and we take such matters seriously. Contact us online or by telephone today. Our Williamson County attorneys also service the surrounding communities of Austin, Bartlett, Cedar Park, Florence, Granger, Hutto, Jarrell, Leander, Liberty Hill, Round Rock, Taylor, Thrall, and Weir.

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