What do I do if I currently havea warrant out for my arrestregarding my failureto complete my probation?

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What do I do if I currently havea warrant out for my arrestregarding my failureto complete my probation?

Was way depressed and stressed. Completely regret my choices. I just want to get my life back in order. I don’t have a job or money. What do I do?

Asked on October 6, 2011 under Criminal Law, Texas

Answers:

B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

First, you need to understand that ignoring or avoiding the situation is not going to make it better.  The longer you abscond, the worse it will look for you.  Every month that you do not report (even after the warrant is issued) can be considered another violation of your probation.  The more violations on your record, the more the court will frown on your performance if and when you go to a sentencing hearing.  You mentioned that you were depressed and stressed.  If you have any documents that show you have been treated for depression, you should make copies of them.  Next, you need to go report to your probation officer and explain your situation (and take copies of your documents, if any).  Some probation officers are more sympathetic than others, but you will at least get credit for turning yourself in, instead of a warrant division having to drag you back to jail.  If you are up front with your probation officer, they may be able to work with you to modify your probation.  If that’s not an option, request a court appointed attorney after your arrest.  Make sure that your attorney understands your mitigating situation.  If you don’t have any new offenses and you haven’t absconded too long, your chances of getting reinstated are somewhat better. 


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