I'm on my 3rd MTR 4 delq pymts. How can I prevent them for revoking my probation or having 2do time since I'm a single mom w/job

Asked over 1 year ago - Fort Worth, TX

I hv been on a 4yr pro since 06 for Poss Cs Pg 1 s(all clean) since then. They offered15mo State jail or 6-8mo SAFEP!? I have a good job&single w/2small kids. I hv no one to keep or even help w/them & NO contact w/father. How can I get them 2not lock me up&lose everything?

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  1. Macy Michelle Jaggers


    Contributor Level 20


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    Answered . You are in a very serious situation. You need to hire a defense attorney to handle this for you. If you got to SAFP, you will be in custody for about a year. You have to wait in custody for several weeks for a bed to be available. Then it's a six to nine month program with three months in a halfway house. If this is a state jail felony, you might be better off seeing if you can get a 12.44(a) with time served. This means taking a conviction but keeping you out. A 12.44(a) sentences you to state jail but allows you to do county time instead of actually going to the state jail. It sounds like you have at least 120 days backtime, so this may be possible. Inability to pay is an absolute defense to a violation that is only alleging fees. You have got to hire an attorney to handle this.

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  2. Carmine John Giardino

    Contributor Level 14


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    Answered . I am surprised you got jail time just for falling behind on payments, which is not a valid reason to do what they did to you. You really need to hire a good lawyer.

  3. Richard Timothy Jones

    Contributor Level 17


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    Answered . If your only issue is fees then you can't be revoked for failure to pay. If you have other issues your attorney needs to work on trying to get your story before he judge.
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