Community Supervision

What is Regular Community Supervision (Straight Probation)?

Straight probation is a final conviction.  It will remain on your criminal record forever.  With probation, a judge finds you guilty, but places you on Community Supervision as opposed to sentencing you to jail or prison.  If you complete probation, you will avoid going to jail or prison.

What is Deferred Adjudication (DFAJ)?

Deferred Adjudication is NOT a final conviction.  After pleading guilty to the judge, a judge defers a finding of guilt and places you on Community Supervision for a period of time.  If you complete the Deferred Adjudication, the case gets dismissed.  It is important the know, however, that the dismissal does not mean that the case automatically gets wiped off your record.  You may be eligible for Non-Disclosure, though, which prevents most people from seeing the charge.  

Conditions of Community Supervision

Both the prosecutor (in a plea) and the judge will impose certain conditions on the Probation or Deferred Adjudication. Many conditions are largely dependent on the type of case. Other conditions of community supervision are common in every case.  It is important to have a defense attorney in Fort Worth to limit those conditions.  Here are some common conditions:

Commit no new offenses

No drugs or alcohol

Report once a month to the probation department

Allow probation officer to inspect your residence

Maintain a job

Support your dependents

Complete community service hours

Pay probation fees (typically $60/month)

Here are some examples of conditions for specific offenses:

Drug Case:

Random drug testing

Drug offender education class (TXDOEP)

Drug treatment

Assault Case:

No contact (or at least no harmful contact) with the listed victim

Anger control counseling

Battering Intervention and prevention program

Driving While Intoxicated (DWI):

DWI education class

Substance abuse evaluation

Victim impact panel (VIP)



Anti-theft class