Types of Probation

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There are two basic types of probation handled by the Houston Superior Court.  Defendants placed on probation for felonies are supervised by the State Probation Office.  Defendants placed on misdemeanor probation are supervised by Sentinel Offender Services.

Probationers supervised by the State Probation Office are divided into categories based on their offense, their criminal history, and the type of probation the court ordered.

Probation Conditions

Generally, probationers must report to their probation officer on a monthly basis and pay their probation supervision fee.  All probationers must avoid the commission of new crimes including avoiding the commission of traffic offenses.  Failure to follow the rules can result in a revocation.

In addition to the standard conditions, the sentencing judge may impose other conditions.  These vary greatly depending on the offense and may include community service, drug rehab, family violence counseling, or even getting a GED.

Intensive Probation

For felony probationers, the court may impose Intensive Probation.  This is a more rigorous type of probation supervised by the State Probation Office.  Intensive Probation includes imposition of a curfew, completion of community service, and residence checks on a more frequent basis.

Sex Offender Probation

Like Intensive Probation, sex offender probation includes the imposition of additional conditions.  One of the main requirements is compliance with the Sex Offender Registry.  Other requirements include residency restrictions, the limiting of contact with minor children, and more frequent contact with the probation officer.


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