FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS SUPERVISION?
Each probationer will report to an assigned probation officer as directed for supervision. It is the duty of the Probation Department to see that each probationer follows and obeys the conditions of probation. The supervision goals of the Probation Department are to protect the community and assist in the rehabilitation of the probationer. Supervision level and reporting frequency are determined by the risk to the community and level of needs of each probationer.
WHO IS THE PROBATION OFFICER?
A probation officer employed by the district court is assigned to help each probationer follow the conditions of probation. The probation officer is a qualified professional who is available to help with problem solving and rehabilitation while, at the same time helping to protect the community. The probation officer is concerned about each probationer on an individual level and wants to see each one succeed. A probationer who has doubts or questions concerning any phase of probation should consult his or her probation officer immediately.
WHEN AND WHERE DO I REPORT?
Reporting to the probation officer is a critical element of the probation process. It is the responsibility of each probationer to report as directed in order to avoid returning to court as a probation violator. The Probation Department maintains regular office hours from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Two late nights per month allow probationers to report between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. The Probation Department also provides satellite offices in Yoakum, Waelder, Nixon, Weimar and Eagle Lake.
WHERE DO I PAY MY FEES?
If you are convicted in district court, your fines, court costs, crime stopper fee, and appointed attorney's fees are paid at the office of the district clerk. If you are convicted in county court, your fine and court costs are paid at the office of the county clerk. Fees for probation supervision, DWI School, DOPERS, DWI Intervention, Anger Management, Pre-Trial, and Restitution are paid to the probation department. The address for each of these agencies is found (here).
WILL I LOSE ANY OF MY CIVIL RIGHTS?
Persons placed on felony probation lose the following rights:
- The right to serve on a jury.
- The right to hold public office.
Persons placed on deferred adjudication felony probation lose the following civil rights:
- The right to serve on a jury.
Persons placed on misdemeanor probation lose the following civil rights:
- The right to serve on a jury if the offense is theft (Art. 35.26, CCP).
All rights, except the right to bear arms, are returned at the end of your probation term. Two years after the probation has ended, a person can apply to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms to regain the right to bear arms.
WHAT IS PROBATION REVOCATION?
If at any time during the period of probation a probationer violates any of the conditions imposed by the court, a warrant may be issued for arrest. After a court hearing, the probation may be revoked and a sentence imposed.
I HAVE SOME PROBLEMS, CAN YOU HELP?
Probation officers are trained to observe and identify specific problem areas in the life of a probationer, which might cause that person to conflict with the law. Problems, such as alcohol or drug abuse, family discord, or unemployment, jeopardize the opportunity of the probationer to successfully complete probation. If a problem area is identified, the probation officer will refer the probationer to an appropriate program or agency designed to help resolve the problem.
2nd 25th Judicial District Probation