Houston Deferred Adjudication Lawyer

The services of a skilled criminal defense attorney don't end with the resolution of your case. If you have legal concerns while you are serving probation or deferred adjudication, please contact a criminal defense attorney at the Law Office of David A. Breston for assistance. The initial telephone consultation is free of charge.

About Probation

Probation is usually a sentencing option for anyone who has not been convicted of a felony in Texas or any other state. Even if you have a felony on your record, the judge may decide to place you on probation. Even if you have no prior felonies, probation is generally not offered if you have been charged in Harris County with a first degree felony such as forcible rape, aggravated robbery, or murder.

If you were found guilty or if your sentence was suspended, you may have been placed on court-ordered probation for a specified period of time. If you successfully fulfill the probation requirements, you will not be sent to jail or prison. Probation requirements typically include regularly reporting to a probation officer, and remaining drug free, performing community service for a specific number of hours, and paying fines and/or restitution.

If you are unsuccessful in completing the requirements of probation, your probation officer may file a motion to revoke your probation. If the motion is unsuccessful, you need to speak to an attorney as soon as possible, as the judge may give you "jail therapy," may extend your probation, or may even revoke your probation, sending you back to jail or prison. Even if it is not possible to get your probation reinstated, a private attorney is usually best able to obtain the least amount of jail time in your case. My law firm has been successful at saving many clients from going to prison when motions to revoke were filed against them.

Some courts will allow probations to file a motion for early termination, or modify the conditions of probation. These motions require complex legal arguments and are best handled by an experienced criminal defense attorney.

If you are having difficulty fulfilling the conditions of your probation or if a motion to revoke your probation has been filed, please contact a probation revocation lawyer at our law firm as soon as possible. We have had success getting probation reinstated and conditions of probation changed for our clients.

About Deferred Adjudication

Deferred adjudication is a second chance to avoid a guilty finding and criminal sentence. If you have received a deferred adjudication, the judge decided there was enough evidence to find you guilty, but deferred the guilty finding while he places you on community supervision, i.e. probation.

If you successfully fulfill the conditions of your probation, you will not be sentenced to jail and there will be no guilty finding on your criminal record. But if you fail, the judge can sentence you to any term within the range of punishment for your crime. The law does not allow deferred adjudication for some crimes, such as Driving While Intoxicated (DWI).

Definitions

Monthly Community Supervision & Corrections Report (MCSCR) is for Community supervision data submitted to TDCJ's Community Justice Assistance Division by the state's community supervision departments.

Deferred Adjudication is a type of community supervision. If the conditions of supervision are met for the time period set by the court, not to exceed two years, no record of the crime will be made.

Substance Abuse Felony Punishment Facility (SAFPF) is a secure residential program, which provides substance abuse treatment and counseling to non-violent felony offenders whose substance abuse problem contributed significantly to their committing a crime. Upon completion of the program, the offenders are returned to community supervision, parole, or mandatory supervision.

Treatment Alternative to Incarceration Program (TAIP) is a program that provides screening, assessment and referral services to offenders arrested/sentenced for a substance abuse related offense, or who have a history of substance abuse.

Restitution is repayment for having committed a crime. Restitution can be made to a specific victim in a dollar amount to repay for damages or can be made to society by working without pay for a non-profit or governmental agency.

Revocation is the act of removing an offender from community supervision, parole, or mandatory supervision due to the offender violating the conditions of his or her supervision and/or committing a new crime.

Pre-Release Therapeutic Community (PRTC) comprises three components: educational/vocational, substance abuse and cognitive restructuring.

Pre-Sentence Investigation (PSI) is an investigation of an offender's criminal history, family history, work history, and risks and needs, conducted by a community supervision officer. The court prior to sentencing considers the resulting Pre-Sentence Investigation Report (PSIR).