Court Probation for DWI Offenses
DWI & Harris County Community Supervision
In the event that your arrest for Driving While Intoxicated results in a conviction, there’s a strong chance that you’ll qualify for probation (now formally referred to as Community Supervision).
In most cases, to avoid jail, opting to accept probation is the better option as opposed to losing your freedom. Judges in these cases aren’t known to deter defendants who wish to take advantage of probationary programs, however there may be numerous stipulations that must be honored to satisfy any probationary agreement with Harris County.
Common Houston DWI Probation Stipulations
Some of the most common requirements of court ordered probationary sentencing can be embarrassing, and highly restrictive. Before considering the probationary route, its best to talk with attorney who can review your case and tell you the truth about whether or not you have a chance at beating the charge or least avoiding the most stringent of Community Supervision requirements.
- Some Jail Time May Be Required
- Breathalyzer/Deep Lung Vehicle Attachment (you’ll have to pay for installation) for a Court Ordered Period of Time
- Provide Blood and Urine Samples to Prove Sobriety, and For Drug Testing
- Community Service Work Hours, 80-600 Hours
- Requirement To Enroll in Drug & Alcohol Classes (You must pay for the class)
- Payment of any court ordered fines and restitution
- Texas Driver License Suspension or Restrictions
We’ve listed the most common requirements of DWI probation to illustrate how demanding the court can be with its restrictions & requirements for defendants who take advantage of Harris County Community Supervision. If you need to discuss your case with an experienced Houston DWI Attorney, contact Mr. Nelson at 713-489-7373, or to learn more about our law practice, visit our home page.
The Harris County Community Supervision & Corrections Department is charged with monitoring persons serving probation in the Houston area, and also responsible for reporting violations to the court.
Making Probation Work For You
As long as you adhere to the Community Supervision agreement you sign with the court, you’ll have nothing to worry about as far as the case is concerned. True, you’ll have a criminal record (ask us about criminal record sealing and expunction), but you’ll have served your sentence and resolved the matter. Case closed. Sentence served and you’re now free of any restrictions imposed by the court. If you’re on probation for a long term, and you’ve flawlessly maintained your end of the agreement, Attorney Tad Nelson may be able to file a petition with the court requesting an early discharge of your probation.
When Probation Becomes a Disaster
If, for some reason, you violate the terms of your probation with the court, the consequences can be severe. Common reasons for probation revocation are listed below.
- Additional Arrests for Any Reason
- Failure to pay a fine
- Failure to compensate any victims of injury or property damage
- Alcohol being detected on your breath by law enforcement, or the deep lung breathalyzer device that may have been ordered attached to your vehicle.
- Failure to complete Community Service hours.
- Failure to attend court-ordered drug and alcohol education classes
- Arrests related to drug charges, possession of a controlled substance.
- Failure to appear in court
Contact Attorney Tad Nelson For Help
Call 713-489-7373 to schedule you free consultation and free case review with one of our experienced Houston DWI Attorneys today. Attorneys Tad Nelson & Amber Spurlock are at the forefront of fighting allegations of DWI based on the science of the matter, as well as using the letter of the law to create a sound legal strategy for your benefit.