It’s not uncommon for people to have confusion about probation – what it is exactly and what it entails. Also, some people don’t know the differences between probation and parole. That being said, we’re going to explain probation in Texas.
For starters, let’s take a look at the difference between probation and parole: Probation is where a defendant is supervised out in the community, instead of, or in lieu of being behind bars. With parole, the defendant spends some time behind bars, and then they are supervised in the community.
You may have heard of “community supervision” in Texas and you may’ve wondered, “What’s the difference between community supervision and being on probation?” There is no difference, they are actually the same thing. If you are placed on probation, you’ll hear people refer to it both ways.
Will I Have to Pay Fees?
If you are placed on probation, you will be required to pay various fees, such as:
- Court costs
- Court-ordered fines
- Adult probation fees
- Victim restitution
Keep in mind that you must pay all court-ordered fees and fines. If you have difficulty paying them for any reason, your probation officer can propose a modified payment plan to the Court.
You should know that victim restitution and court-ordered fines cannot be included in bankruptcy; these types of debts cannot be discharged unfortunately.
About Your Probation Officer
If you are granted probation in lieu of jail, you will be appointed a probation officer (PO), whose job it is to help you throughout your probation. He or she will be there to answer any questions you have, to schedule appointments, and to refer you to any classes you are required to complete.
Your PO’s job is to:
- Supervise you during your probation.
- Report to the court about your behavior.
- Visit you at home and at your place of employment.
- Meet with you at his or her office.
- Protect the community by watching your behavior.
- Provide you with community-based referrals, such as GED preparation, drug and alcohol counseling, and employment counseling.
If you decide not to follow one or more of your conditions of probation, your PO will take immediate action. This “action” may involve issuing a warrant for your arrest. The judge may add more conditions to your probation, or the judge may revoke your probation and have you incarcerated.
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