Texas law now refers to what previously was known as “adult probation” as community supervision. Instead of serving time in jail, community supervision allows individuals who have been convicted of a crime to serve their time while living in their communities. Community supervision, however, comes with many strings attached. Failure to follow the terms and conditions of community supervision can result in the revocation of community supervision in favor of arrest and incarceration. On the other hand, if individuals are successful in meeting the conditions of community supervision, they may become eligible for early release.
Community supervision generally can last for up to two years for a misdemeanor conviction, up to five years for state jail felonies, and up to ten years for other felony convictions. However, a judge can extend community supervision for either misdemeanors or felonies in some circumstances. While conditions for community supervision can vary from one case to another, some of the primary requirements of community supervision typically include:
- Refraining from violating any state or federal laws
- Reporting to the supervision as directed
- Maintaining employment
- Remaining in a specified area, such as the county or state
- Pay victim restitution, court-ordered fines, and fees, and child support, where applicable
Not every individual qualifies for community supervision. Various factors determine whether you are eligible for community supervision, including the nature of your offense, whether deadly weapons were involved in the crime, if you previously have been on community supervision, or if you have prior felony convictions. Individuals who receive lengthy prison sentences of ten years or more also may be ineligible for community supervision.
Community supervision most commonly occurs after individuals are convicted of crimes as part of their sentencing. However, in deferred adjudication cases, individuals can be placed on community supervision before they are convicted of a crime. If they violate the terms of their community supervision, they then can face the full range of penalties for the offense. If they complete community supervision, however, they may be able to have their criminal charges eventually dismissed.
If you or a family member is facing any criminal charges, we may be able to help. As experienced Texas criminal defense attorneys, we have the knowledge needed to help you navigate through often-complex criminal proceedings. Call us today at (512) 474-4445 and schedule an appointment with one of our criminal defense lawyers and learn how we can assist you.