Violent crimes are among the most serious charges you can face in the Texas criminal justice system. Most of these crimes are considered to be felonies at various levels. A felony conviction can result in prison sentences and the loss of certain civil rights as well as stick you with a permanent criminal record. Criminal records can be easily accessed online by future employers, landlords, educational institutions, and others, barring you from life opportunities. Furthermore, if you are a noncitizen, a violent crime on your record can create problems with your immigration status and even lead to deportation.
Violent crime charge call for the representation of a proven criminal defense lawyer. At The David Hunter Law Firm, you can work with a defender who is a former Texas judge, former prosecutor, and who has more than 30 years of criminal law experience. Sugar Land criminal defense attorney David Hunter has successfully handled thousands of cases while earning more than 20 professional awards for the quality of his work. At our firm, we take every legal measure to aggressively assert your rights while pursuing the best possible outcome for your case.
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If you or a family member is facing a probation violation hearing, we urge you to turn to The David Hunter Law Firm. Our criminal defense lawyer has handled countless cases with success due to his comprehensive understanding of the Texas criminal justice system.
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Probation terms assigned to anyone convicted of a crime will vary from case to case. They will be based on many factors, including the nature of the crime, one’s criminal history, whether the court believes probation will put the public at risk, and other considerations. For example, probation for felony convictions will generally be longer and stricter than for misdemeanor convictions.
Unfortunately, even trivial violations can lead to probation hearings before a judge.
These violations can include but are not limited to:
- Failure to show up at scheduled meetings with your probation officer
- Failure to pay court costs or probation fees
- Failure to pass random drug or alcohol testing
- Failure to complete drug or alcohol treatment programs
- Leaving the county without permission from your probation officer
- Associating with other criminal elements
- A new arrest for the alleged commission of a crime
- Violation of a protective order (restraining order)
- Failure to complete community service hours
- Failure to relinquish firearms or being found in possession of a firearm
As a result of a suspected probation violation, a warrant can be issued for your arrest. Once you are arrested, you may be held in the county jail. At the revocation hearing, the District Attorney prosecutor has the burden of proving by a “preponderance of evidence” that you broke the terms of your probation. This is easier to prove than the standard of a criminal trial which is proof “beyond a reasonable doubt.” The judge will hear evidence from both sides which gives your defense lawyer the opportunity to challenge the prosecution. After hearing all the evidence, the judge alone will decide. The decision can be to dismiss the alleged violation, release you but tighten and/or lengthen your probation, or revoke it.