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Probation in Denton County

What it is and what it means

Probation in Denton County, TX

Officially entitled “community supervision”, probation is “the placement of a defendant by a court under a continuum of programs and sanctions, with conditions imposed by the court for a specified period” (Title 1, Chapter 42A, Subchapter A, Art. 42A.001 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure). Probation requirements vary greatly on a case by case basis, but they all involve State facilitated monitoring programs which place certain requirements upon an individual involved in the program. In Denton County, Probation is administered through the Denton County Community Supervision and Corrections Department (CSCD).

Certain judges may ask for additional or special requirements to fulfill their probation criteria. Generally speaking, felony probation conditions in Texas require a defendant:

  • Neither commit nor be convicted of a crime, and report any arrest to their Probation Officer within 10 days.

  • Frequently report to their Probation Officer, and do so whenever requested.

  • Completely avoid the use of illicit substances.

  • In some case, avoid the consumption of alcohol.

  • Allow their probation officer to enter their residence at random times.

  • Notify their Probation Officer before quitting or changing jobs'

  • Obtain their Probation Officer’s permission to change their place of residence.

  • Reside within the geographical region allowed by the conditions of their probation agreement.

  • Retain employment.

  • Submit to random drug and alcohol testing at any time.

  • Complete community service.

  • Rid themselves of association with those who engage in criminal activity.

  • Pay all court fines, fees, and administrative costs.

The consequences for violating a probation agreement are set forth in the agreement. For instance, a probation agreement may set the length of probation at five years, and a violation of that agreement results in two years in prison. Probation is different from deferred adjudication, where the judge has discretion in choosing the severity of punishment for a violation. Additionally, the successful completion of probation does not remove the charge from appearing on a criminal background check.

The full online archive of the Texas Constitution and Statutes is available through https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/