Probation Revocation in San Antonio
Accused of violating your probation in TX?
If you have been accused of committing a violation of the terms of your
probation in San Antonio,
you are not alone. According statistics gathered by the American Probation and Parole Association,
only 60 percent of adults successfully complete the terms of their probation.
Probation has been notoriously difficult to complete in San Antonio.
A 2008 report published by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice found
that felony probation revocation rates rocketed up at a rate of 80 percent
between 2005 and 2007 at the same time that the rates were falling steeply
in other major counties including Harris, Dallas, El Paso and Travis.
Common Grounds for Breaking Probation
Probation violations can occur based on a number of different grounds.
For example, you may have been found in
possession of drugs, or maybe you failed a drug or alcohol test. Perhaps you failed to complete
a court-ordered substance abuse treatment program, maybe you have not
fully paid all of your court fees, or perhaps you refused to comply with
chemical substance testing.
If you are on probation after a conviction for
domestic violence, you may have been served with a
restraining order, and maybe you are now being accused of violating this order. You could
also be charged with a probation violation after forgetting to notify
your probation officer of the fact that you have moved.
Reliable San Antonio Criminal Attorney
When you are being prosecuted for a crime at a trial, you
cannot be convicted unless the district attorney succeeds in proving your
guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. The standard of proof at a probation violation hearing is lower: All
that is necessary is to demonstrate your guilt by a preponderance of the
evidence. Fortunately, you can hire a San Antonio
criminal defense attorney to represent you at the hearing and to seek to clear your name.
There could be many valid reasons why you were unable to pay your fees
or to make it to your scheduled meetings, and there is also the possibility
that the drug or alcohol test you took was flawed. Your attorney will
work to place the burden of proof on the state and to make a compelling
argument for why you deserve to remain on probation rather than being
sent to jail or prison.
Take the first step in your defense now by
contacting me at the Law Office of Kerrisa Chelkowski for a
free case evaluation.