Community Supervision in Plano
Alternative to Time in Jail or State Penitentiary
At one time, community supervision was called "adult probation."
Community supervision is an alternative to time spent in jail or in a
state penitentiary, and the goal is for the individual to gain a positive
result and change their lives for the better. The conditions of community
supervision are usually extremely strict, and if you fail to fully adhere
to every term, you could once again be incarcerated. If you have the option
of getting community supervision as your sentence, it could be beneficial
to you, as you can avoid spending time behind bars, but the process does
have drawbacks that you should be aware of if you are offered this option.
It should also be noted that some attorneys do not like to go to court
to pursue an acquittal and always prefer to "cut a deal." Our
criminal defense team has extensive trial experience, and if we believe that your case
is better served by seeking a full acquittal, we will discuss this matter
with you and explain the various options so that you can make an informed
decision. We are not afraid to take a case to trial, and we have achieved
many victories in difficult criminal cases.
If it will best serve your interests to pursue community supervision, we
will do so. This is frequently offered as part of a
DWI case. We should review your case at once if you are charged with any criminal offense.
Texas Code of Criminal Procedure & Community Supervision
The Community Supervision and Corrections Department (CSCD) has been given
the duty to oversee and administer the program. The process begins with
the intake at the CSCD, and you can expect the intake to take several
hours. There are various fees that could be ordered, including payment
of fines, payment of court costs, payment of adult probation fees, as
well as the possibility of being required to pay court-appointed attorney
fees or restitution in some cases.
Your case will be managed by your probation officer. You will be required
to complete certain classes, such as alcohol or drug treatments, anger
management or other types of treatment that the court may deem necessary
in your case. You will be required to attend meetings with your probation
officer, and it is crucial that you never miss a meeting. You could have
a warrant issued for a probation violation and could face
probation revocation and once again be taken into custody if you fail to arrive for your appointments
or fail any other term of your probation.
In certain instances, you may be required to submit to random alcohol or
drug testing. Any positive drug test or alcohol test could mean loss of
your community supervision and the requirement to spend more time in jail.
You could even face added time if the judge feels that you are a danger
to the community or to yourself, or that you are not taking your situation
seriously. It is advised that you carefully adhere to every requirement
throughout the term of your community supervision. If you were convicted
of a DWI offense, you may be required to have an ignition interlock device
installed in any vehicle you operate. If you were ordered to complete
a drug or alcohol treatment class, you are given a restricted period of
time in which to do so, and you must submit evidence that you have completed
the class in full, or you could be in further legal trouble.
In some cases, a convicted offender may be required to wear an electronic
monitoring device (ELM). Your location will be restricted for a certain
time period, and you will be monitored. If you are accused of either removing
the device or being present outside the restricted area, you could have
If you have the option of community supervision as part or all of your
sentence, our legal team should review your situation and your case. It
is possible that there are other options. You can be confident that you
will get straight answers, and, if there are other directions that will
better serve you, we can quickly determine the best course of action for
you in your case.
Get help now from our Plano criminal attorney for information about community supervision!