Probation Violation in Williamson County
There can be any number of situations where a probation violation in Williamson County will result in your spending time in jail. The first step you should take when facing a probation violation is to consult with a criminal defense attorney. Choosing a criminal defense law firm that has experience dealing with the judges and prosecutors in the Williamson county judicial system gives you a greater advantage than trying to deal with the situation on your own.
Criminal defense lawyer Steve Hesse lives in Williamson County, is board certified and handles Williamson county probation violation cases on a regular basis. Probation violation can be a serious offense. Depending on the terms of your probation issued by the court, you are at risk for revocation of your probation and arrest.
You will be scheduled for a hearing in front of a judge to discuss your case. Before this happens your attorney can begin negotiations with the county prosecutor and the Williamson County probation department to achieve an amendment to the terms of your probation or a revocation of the probation in exchange for minimal jail time as the best possible outcome.
What can Cause a Probation Violation?
Many things can trigger a probation violation depending on what conditions were stipulated by the court:
- Failing to meet with your probation officer
- Missing a court ordered payment
- Missing a scheduled court appearance
- A Positive drug test
- Failing to complete required community service
- Dropping out of school or failure to complete required classes.
- New criminal charges brought against you
You and Your Probation Officer
The most important advice we give to those serving probation sentences is to try to achieve a positive relationship with your probation officer. The probation officers’ report to the judge carries a huge amount of weight during a probation hearing. The best way to avoid a motion to revoke probation is to prevent it from being filed by your attitude and interaction with your probation officer.
Unlike a normal criminal trial, an accusation of violation of probation does not give you a right to a jury. The prosecution doesn't have to prove the violation beyond a reasonable doubt as is in a jury trial. You do have the right to counsel and to present evidence. You should take advantage of these rights and not leave your future to your ability to tell your side of the story. Extenuating circumstances that may be present should be presented in the best manner possible. An experienced Williamson County Probation Violation defense lawyer can provide you the best presentation of the circumstances of your case. Call me today for a free consultation to go over your individual situation.
Prior to his position of County Attorney Mr. Hobbs served Williamson County as the Assistant County Attorney for 10 years.
Williamson County District Attorney
The District Attorney is responsible for prosecuting felony criminal offenses that are committed in Williamson County. A felony means any offense that is punishable by a sentence of death or confinement in prison or state jail. Such offenses include murder, robbery, sexual assault, burglary and major drug and theft offenses. [Misdemeanor offenses generally are prosecuted by the County Attorney].
Shawn W. Dick was elected Williamson County District Attorney in the last general election. He will take office when the current DA Jana Duty leaves office. Mr. Dick has been a practicing attorney in private practice in Georgetown for 15 years. Prior to that he was an Assistant District Attorney in Harris County, TX.
The County Attorney’s and District Attorney’s offices are located at the Williamson County Justice Center:405 M.L.K. Ste. 240
Georgetown, TX 78626
Phone: (512) 943-1111