Man meeting with his probation officer.

Defining Probation in Houston

Probation is a court-ordered sanction that someone is put on when they have been convicted of a crime. When an individual is placed on probation, he or she is still allowed to remain in the community but must report to a probation officer. It is important to note that the option of probation is not always on the table. Some crimes do not allow for this choice and the offender is ordered straight to jail or prison. 

The conditions of an individual’s probation vary depending upon each case. Such conditions may include:

  • Reporting to a probation officer
  • Fines
  • Counseling
  • Community Service
  • Restitution
  • Restrictions on drugs
  • Restrictions on alcohol
  • Restrictions on weapons
  • Jail time

Types of Probation

There are two types of probation. The first involves serving time in jail and then being placed on probation once you have completed your time there. Sometimes though the time spent in jail is lessened because the offender will be placed on probation. The other type of probation uses it as an alternative to jail. Probation can actually last longer than jail time, so jail is sometimes preferable to certain offenders. 

Probation is used in order to ensure the safety of the greater public. Sometimes people break their probation by not complying with the conditions that have been made mandatory as part of it. When an individual violates their probation they are sent back in front of the judge who may send him or her to jail or prison as a result

Probation Officers

The job of a probation officer is to supervise and check in on (often by meeting) with the individual who is on probation. Probation officers have many job duties such as the following:

  • Overseeing the individual’s rehabilitation
  • Preparing reports that the court will utilize
  • Visiting the home of the individual on probation
  • Monitoring the individual to ensure compliance
  • Assessing the individual for risks that they may pose
  • Assessing the individual for needs they should have met
  • Ensuring that the individual has access to any services he or she may need
  • Administering drug tests
  • Supporting the individual in moving in a productive direction

The Attorneys at Ceja Law Firm Help Those in Houston Who Have Been Charged with a Crime

At Ceja Law Firm PLLC, we understand the seriousness of a criminal charge and the impact that it can have on your life. That’s why we will work to help you obtain the best possible outcome. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today!