General Questions About What Probation Is


Questions about conditions of probation.

Questions about phone numbers, office hours, directions and buses.

What is the difference between probation and parole?

Probation is supervision in the community in lieu of being in jail. Parole is supervision in the community after spending some part of a sentence in jail.

What is the difference between probation and community supervision?

Nothing, both refer to the same thing, and you will hear both terms used while completing your sentence.

What kinds of fees will I be required to pay?

Court-ordered fees include:

  • Payment of fines.
  • Payment of court costs.
  • Payment of adult probation fees.
  • Depending on your particular case, the Court may add any of these fees:
    • Payment of your court-appointed attorney fees.
    • Payment of restitution (repaying the victim for what was lost or damaged.)

What if I get behind on payments?

Remember, the payments are court-ordered, and must be made. However, if you get behind your officer can recommend a new plan to the Court.

Note: If you have any questions about your payments, see your officer.

What is your probation officer's job?

Your probation officer can be very helpful to you while on probation, setting up needed appointments, answering questions you have, and referring you to classes you must complete.

It is also your probation officer’s job to:

  • Supervise you as directed by the Court, and to inform the Court how you are abiding by the rules.
  • Protect the community, by seeing you at home or work as well as in the office.
  • Provide community-based referrals, such as drug/alcohol counseling, employment counseling and literacy/GED preparation that will help you positively change your life and be law abiding.

Rodolfo Pérez, Jr., Director

411 W 13th St,
7th Floor, Ste 722,
Austin, TX 78701

McKinney Falls Phone: (512) 854-2723
McKinney Falls Fax: (512) 854-4612
Burnet Road Phone: (512) 854-9775
Burnet Road Fax: (512) 854-5433
Central Phone: (512) 854-4600
Central Fax: (512) 854-4606
Voice-4-Net: (800) 451-3887

Mailing Address:
PO Box 2245, Austin, TX, 78768-2245

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