The Texas criminal justice system is complex, and it’s easy to mix up terms, or accidentally use them interchangeably. In particular, the legal terms “probation” and “parole” are often used incorrectly. While they have some similarities, they are not the same process.
Let’s take a look at the circumstances of probation and parole, and key differences between these two processes. We’ll also cover the consequences of a parole or probation violation, and what you can do to fight back.
Texas Probation Basics
Probation is court-ordered supervision that allows a defendant to remain in the community rather than serving his or her sentence in jail or prison.
A judge will give a probationer specific terms to follow for a designated period [...]