Oftentimes, when a person is arrested and charged with a criminal offense, they don’t serve jail time, nor are they convicted, but are instead allowed to take advantage of the Travis County Adult Probation program. Texas & Travis County courts understand that everyone is capable of making a mistake and provides and opportunity for most offenders to get a second chance.
Maximum Probationary Terms
The maximum term of probation for Class A and B misdemeanor is two years. Because Class C misdemeanors are fine only offenses, there is no probation, although a Defendant may enter into a deferred prosecution or deferred disposition agreement, which generally calls for the individual to remain trouble free, without supervision, from 90 days to one year.
There also are two types of probation offered in the State of Texas:
- Probation, which entails the entry of a judgment of guilt against the defendant,
- and Deferred Adjudication, which means that the judgment of guilt is deferred and the Defendant is placed on probation.
Under Deferred Adjudication, if the Defendant successfully completes his term of probation, no conviction is entered on his or her record. In these types of cases, the Defendant can say that he was not convicted of the offense. However, there will still be a public record of his or her arrest and of the proceedings against him or her, including the fact that he or she was placed on probation.
Other ways to dispose of some cases include Pre-Trial Diversion, a program run by the Travis County Attorney’s Office, or Deferred Disposition or Deferred Prosecution.
Under these arrangements, the Defendant usually admits the bad act and does some combination of paying a fee, undergoing counseling, taking an educational class, performing community service, and staying out of trouble for a certain period of time. At the end of the deferral period, the case is closed. In most of these instances the records of the arrest and prosecution can be expunged.
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Contact Attorney Jackson F. Gorski at 512-960-4646
Whether you’ve been accused of a criminal offense and hope to take advantage of the Travis County Adult Probation program or if you’re facing the revocation of your probation, Austin criminal defense lawyer Jackson F. Gorski is ready to hear from you and is prepared to help you.
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