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Texas Criminal Practice Guide
Copyright 2017, Matthew Bender & Company, Inc., a member of the LexisNexis Group.

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Community Supervision


Editorial Consultant:;Frank Maloney;Update Author:;John M. Schmolesky

Chapter Summary


This chapter covers the meaning of the term "community supervision," which is a sentence option under which a court suspends the imposition or execution of imprisonment and instead releases a defendant into the community on certain conditions. The chapter also discusses the types of community supervision, which consist of regular community supervision, deferred adjudication community supervision, and continuing jurisdiction community supervision. Further, the chapter covers the discretionary, mandatory, and invalid conditions of community supervision, as well as the terms of community supervision.

In addition, this chapter discusses the availability of community supervision where a defendant has been convicted of a state jail felony and the reduction and termination of community supervision. It also covers the revocation of community supervision, including the grounds for revocation, jurisdictional requirements, the defendant's due process rights, arrest and bail, the motion to revoke, the use of a motion to quash in response to a defective motion to revoke, the revocation hearing, the defendant's plea, the defendant's defenses, admissible evidence at the revocation hearing, the requirement that the defendant be provided specific written findings of fact regarding a revocation, the possible outcomes of a revocation hearing, and appellate review of an order revoking community supervision.

This chapter contains helpful checklists for electing a judge or jury to determine regular community service supervision, for filing a motion for regular community service supervision, for responding to a revocation motion, and for a community supervision revocation hearing. It also provides a number of useful community service- and revocation hearing-related motion forms, as well as convenient federal and Texas constitutional articles, Texas statutory rules, case law, annotational, law review, and periodical references, among other resources.

Texas Criminal Practice Guide is a complete resource on Texas criminal law. It provides expert legal analysis, practice tips, sample forms, research guides, and updates on legislative changes. It is arranged by section to correspond with the progression of the Texas criminal justice system, making its detailed information easy to access.


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Additional posttrial proceedings are covered in Chapter 80 (new trial and arrest of judgment) and in Chapter 81 (judgment and sentence).


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For an organized and comprehensive guide to criminal sentencing in the Texas courts which includes analysis of the collateral consequences of criminal convictions, victims' rights at the sentencing phase, sentencing options for juveniles, community supervision, and the various types of institutional facilities, among other sentencing issues, see Texas Sentencing (Matthew Bender).

For quick reference, expert guidance, and the latest developments in criminal evidence law regarding scientific evidence, polygraph evidence, evidence obtained from automobile stops and other searches and seizures, and amendments to the Federal Rules of Evidence, among other evidentiary issues, see Courtroom Criminal Evidence (Matthew Bender).

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For West's flagship treatise on federal civil, criminal, appellate, and admiralty procedure whose authors are the judges, lawyers, and professors who write and amend the federal rules, see Moore's Federal Practice--Criminal (Matthew Bender).
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