What Is Probation, And Does It Result In A Conviction?

Texas offers two types of probation – deferred adjudication probation, and formal probation. Formal Probation is a conviction from a criminal record perspective; however, it can have some advantages when it comes to certain collateral consequences. Deferred Adjudication Probation is a different animal. Deferred Adjudication Probation carries with it the same costs, fees, and requirements as formal probation; however, if you successfully complete Deferred Adjudication Probation, the case is dismissed, and no conviction is entered on your record except for certain circumstances which can be discussed. Both types of probation will involve monthly fees – currently about $60 per month, the potential (o.k., an overwhelming likelihood) of drug testing, the attendance at required classes, and performing community service.