Mc Gregor, TX asked in Criminal Law, Appeals / Appellate Law and Legal Malpractice for Texas

Q: If I'm on probation and get a violation I didn't go to court for it my probation officer and his supervisor told me that

They we are going to send you to this program in Beaumont for 3 months. They told me to turn myself in to the county but let me go home that day for 2 weeks but I would have to turn myself in to county on 6/3/19 and the time I sit in the county jail waiting for a bed to come open doesn't count. Can something be done about this if they let me go home for 2 weeks I could have waited at home for a bed to come open and then turned myself in to go to The program. Isn't this like double jeopardy?

1 Lawyer Answer
Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Austin, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: No, it isn't like double jeopardy. That is when you are put on trial twice for the same alleged offense.

In this situation, you committed a crime but, instead of being locked up, you were given a second chance where you were allowed to do community service instead. Except you didn't follow the rules of community service so they were going to send you to a program, but then you didn't follow the rules again when you absconded and failed to turn yourself in.

At this point they might decide that you simply can't be trusted to follow the rules and you just need to be locked up. Hire a local criminal defense attorney to advocate that you should be given a third or fourth chance instead.

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