Probation Violation Attorney in Austin, TX
If you are charged with violation of probation, you need a skilled and experienced probation violation attorney to protect your rights. Central Texas lawyer Jason Katims will be by your side every step of the way as you face this difficult time your life. Call us today at 512-900-9769 to schedule your initial consultation.
What to Expect
If you violate probation even once, there is a risk of going to jail. The judge has the right to issue an arrest warrant for you with no bond. This means you will need your attorney to request that the judge set a bond, which will typically be twice the amount of the original bond.
What actually happens depends on a variety of factors including whether your original offense was a misdemeanor or a felony and the seriousness of your probation violation. However, it is important to understand that the consequences are solely at the judge’s discretion. If he or she wants to punish you or make an example of you, it is as simple as issuing an arrest warrant.
In most, though not all, cases, a minor first-time misdemeanor probation violation does not result in jail time. Instead, you may get a warning about future consequences along with an extension of the length of your probation. The judge may also change the conditions of your probation. You are more likely to get a favorable outcome if you have an experienced probation violation lawyer on your side.
First-time violation of felony probation often has much more serious consequences, including jail time. However, if the violation was very minor, such as falling behind in your community service hours or fees, we may be able to negotiate a lesser consequence such as extension of probation length and/or change in probation conditions.
Failure to Report
Regardless of whether you are on probation for a misdemeanor or a felony, it is absolutely essential to report to your probation officer as instructed, every single time. Very few judges will grant any sort of leeway to offenders who do not report to their probation officer, even the first time.
If you believe that you did not violate your probation, you may request a hearing. This means that the state must produce evidence of your alleged probation violation. This is relatively tough for you to win, so representation by an experienced probation violation attorney is crucial.
About Jason Katims, Attorney at Law
In 2018, he was recognized by the American Institute of Legal Advocates as a Rising Star in the field of Criminal Law, and by the Association of American Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 40 Under 40. In 2017, the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys recognized him as one of the 10 Best Attorneys in Texas.