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If your own probation and you get a speeding ticket or run stop sign or no seat belt ticket have you violated your probation?

Texas City, TX |
Attorney answers 4

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No. Class C traffic citations should not effect your probation. Make sure to handle the citations promptly and do not let them hit warrant status.

Law Office of David D. White, PLLC
1205 Rio Grande St.
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 369-3737

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Technically it is a violation because it is a violation of law. However, if you are on probation for an offense that is a class B or above, they will not use a traffic violation such as this to affect the probation.

Cynthia Henley
713-222-1220

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While most traffic violations are Class C misdemeanors in Texas, minor traffic violations will generally not result in a revocation of probation for Class B misdemeanor charges and higher.

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Generally minor traffic violations do not cause your probation to be violated; however, it depends on how tightly the probation agreement is drawn. Some probation agreements require that you "obey all laws" regardless of how minor, and you could theoretically violate even with a small traffic offense. The reality of the matter is that most traffic matters would never appear on a probation officer's radar screen and therefore not likely cause a problem, although most probations require that a probationer self-report.