Motions to Adjudicate Guilt in Houston
What to Do If You've Been Accused of a Probation Violation
Receiving probation instead of a jail sentence is an opportunity for a
second chance. However, you can lose that chance if you violate the terms
of your probation. If your probation officer filed a motion to adjudicate guilt or
motion to revoke probation, call our offices at (713) 597-2221. An aggressive and experienced Houston
criminal defense attorney,
Jed Silverman may be able to keep you out of jail. Our firm represents people charged
with crimes in Harris County and throughout Texas. We will be happy to
discuss your case during a
Probation Violations & Deferred Adjudication in Texas
Deferred adjudication is usually for first-time offenders and people charged
with less serious
misdemeanors. Accepting deferred adjudication means that you plead guilty to the
criminal charge and the judge defers a finding of guilt. If you successfully complete
deferred adjudication probation, the court will dismiss the charge against you.
Violation of any of the terms of your deferred adjudication probation,
however, will result in a motion to adjudicate guilt. If the state can
prove that you violated your deferred adjudication probation, you can
be sentenced to the maximum penalty for the original criminal offense
you were charged with.
Probation violations range from minor technical infractions to the commission
of an additional crime. They can include:
- Failure to pay court fines and fees
- Failure to report to your probation officer
- Failure to complete court-ordered community service
- Failure to take drug and alcohol tests
Testing positive for drugs or alcohol
- Failure to get or keep a steady job
- Failure to undergo court-ordered counseling or treatment
- Committing another crime
Our Houston Criminal Defense Lawyer Can Help – Call Now
In some cases, we can clear up the matter by addressing the violation.
For example, if you pay fines, complete your community service or take
a court-ordered class, the judge may decide not to sentence you for your
original offense. It is critical that you seek legal assistance as soon
as possible to potentially increase your chances of a successful outcome.
To discuss what steps we can take in your individual situation,
contact our offices at (713) 597-2221.