Sugar Land Probation Lawyer
Probation is intended as an alternative to jail or prison time when a person is found guilty of a crime. Under certain circumstances (deferred adjudication), it can also be a way to avoid having a conviction appear on a person’s permanent criminal record, so long as they successfully complete their probation period without violating any of its conditions. The length of a probationary period typically depends on local regulations, but it frequently ranges between several months and 2 years for misdemeanor offenses. Felony probations can be much longer (up to 10 years).
Violating any of the court’s conditions can prompt the local District Attorney’s office to file a Motion to Revoke Probation (MRP), which may result in the court revoking your probation and ordering you to serve a prison sentence. If you have been accused of violating your probationary terms, the Law Office of Lindsay R. López PLLC can help defend your rights and navigate the local judicial process, including representing you at any hearings related to your case.
Common probation conditions include:
- Regular meetings with probation officers
- Abstaining from drugs and alcohol and participating in treatment programs
- Avoiding criminal activity
- Maintaining steady employment or attending courses
- Abiding by curfews
- Travel restrictions
- Any other restriction established by the court
Contact our office to arrange a free initial consultation with our Sugar Land probation lawyer. With offices in Sugar Land and Angleton, we serve the Greater Houston and Galveston areas.
Probation Violation and Revocation in Texas
Once someone has been sentenced by the court and put on probation, they must participate in regular check-ins with their assigned probation officer at prearranged times. During these meetings, individuals must show that they are meeting all the conditions placed upon them by the courts during sentencing—for example providing proof of drug test results or that they are attending courses. There are several types of probation that a Texas court may issue, and each has its own set of potential conditions. If an individual fails to meet these conditions one or more times, the probation officer can notify the DA’s office, which can then file an MRP. In addition to jail time, the individual may also face increased fines.
Probation Services in Harris, Brazoria, and Fort Bend Counties
After having worked for the Texas State Counsel for Offenders and Galveston County’s District Attorney’s office, Lindsay R. López established her own practice in 2008. In her various positions, she has taken on criminal defense cases of all sizes and seen every side of Texas’ criminal justice system. These experiences give our office unique insight into the sorts of obstacles you may face after being accused of violating the terms of your probation, and we know what it takes to pursue an optimal outcome for your case.
The Law Office of Lindsay R. López PLLC provides legal services related to the following types of probation:
- Regular/straight probation
- Intensive supervision probation (ISP)
- Felony (conviction) probation
- Misdemeanor (conviction) probation
- Deferred adjudication
- Community service and work probation
Attorney López has taken dozens of cases before juries with awesome results. Her over 15 years of experience as a criminal defense attorney has led to countless dismissals and acquittals. Attorney López is a former prosecutor and has represented hundreds of clients. One of Attorney López’s prior positions was as a defense attorney working ...Learn More
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