Rather than having a friend research this issue on the Internet, your friend should be in contact with qualified counsel without delay, especially given what could be at stake. While I'm obviously not in a position to be of assistance, I do know thoroughly qualified counsel in Austin. If you or she is interested, reach out to me and I can get you in contact with him. Good luck.
Any violation is very serious given her situation, and the county in which she is on probation. She could be revoked and sent to prison.
If this ever happens again, she should IMMEDIATELY go to a local lab testing place and have a check done to demonstrate that she has not been drinking. She should immediately contact her p.o. and discuss the situation. And, if she is not drinking, she needs to review everything in her medicine and other cabinets and make sure nothing contains alcohol.
Your friend needs an attorney experienced with Williamson County. What's going to happen depends which one of the three district court judges she is in front of. The approach I take on these types of cases really depends on the judge.
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Your friend also needs to understand that anything she says to her PO can be used against her. Admitting a probation violation is bad. Denying a probation violation that is later proved true is almost worse. I agree if the interlock machine is malfunctioning, she should address this immediately with her probation officer. If the machine is not malfunctioning, she is placing herself at great risk. Williamson County has a reputation for sending people to prison. She may need a qualified criminal defense lawyer to help her.
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