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What is the difference between (regular) probation and deferred adjudication?

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There are two kinds of probation in Texas: (1)"regular" probation, and (2) deferred adjudication probation. The term "probation" in the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure has now been replaced with the phrase "community supervision". (In spite of this, I use the terms "probation" and the "community supervison" interchangeably). There are many similarities and a number of differences between regular probation (RP) and deferred adjudication (DA) probation. As a general rule, DA is considered by most attorneys to be advantageous--as compared to RP--for the defendant. First, the similarities. RP and DA both require reporting to a probation officer (usually once per month), paying a monthly fee ($60 in Travis County), many standard conditions (no alcohol or drugs; work; support your dependants; do not violate the law; etc.) and several tailored conditions, such as drug/alcohol/family violence counseling. RP and DA both subject the probationer to jail or prison--depending on whether the ... more
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Texas law provides that, depending on the offense, a criminal defendant may be placed on one of two types of probation: regular or deferred adjudication. Regular probation requires a finding of guilt (conviction) followed by a specific punishment of confinement and/or fine (sentence) that is then suspended. A defendant placed on deferred adjudication avoids a conviction or sentence because the judge is authorized to delay any finding of guilt or punishment for as long as the defendant successfully complies with the conditions of supervision. more
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