Dallas Drug Crimes – Is Jail Time Better Than Probation?

Drug crimes come in many shapes and forms depending on the facts of each case, and the likelihood that you may serve time in jail for a particular drug conviction is entirely dependent upon how serious the allegations against you are.  Regardless of how minor or serious a drug charge may be, many convicted individuals wish to serve jail time as opposed to undergoing a long probationary period if they are ultimately found guilty.  This may seem to be a very strange viewpoint, however, some individuals have found that probation is more restricting than simply serving a jail term.  This is especially the case for some misdemeanor and felony drug convictions.

Why Some People Choose Jail Time Over Probation

Some convicted individuals believe that they should not be subjected to long-term probation for making one mistake that will never happen again.  The individuals find long-term probation to be very restrictive.  As such, serving a six month or even one year jail term in lieu of long-term probation seems like a more sensible decision to make for some than for others.  Further, undergoing a probationary period may feel as though each and every move you are making is being watched.  While you are certainly giving up some freedoms while serving a jail term, probation is a little different simply because you do have some amount of freedom, and along with freedom comes the desire for privacy.  Many individuals serving jail time believe it is much worse to be subjected to probation and have very little privacy for the next one to two years than to face a short jail term and get the entire thing over with. 

Additionally, individuals convicted of any given Dallas County drug crime may be required to undergo rehabilitation as part of a probationary period in lieu of jail time.  Even though jail time is one method of punishment, many judges would rather see individuals go through the rehabilitative process as opposed to serving a quick jail term.  Regardless of whether or not you wish to serve jail time as opposed to probation or vice versa, it is essential that you have a strong advocate by your side to represent your rights.  A solid defense will help to minimize the severity of the consequences you face, even if you are required to serve a minimal amount of jail time or undergo a probationary term.  While there may be a way to have your Dallas County drug charge dismissed or reduced so that you can avoid both jail time and probation, it is important to be prepared for any potential consequence that is associated with a drug conviction under Texas law.

 Contact Dallas Criminal Defense Attorney Jack Pettit Today to Schedule an Initial Consultation

 Drug crimes are aggressively prosecuted in Dallas County.  While some drug charges are certainly more serious than others, there is always the potential that jail time or probation may be the ultimate punishment.  As such, it is crucial that you speak with a seasoned Dallas County Criminal Defense Attorney as soon as possible.  Depending on your criminal record and the nature of the drug charge(s) you are facing, there may be alternatives available to you that may keep you out of jail and/or help you to avoid probation.  Dallas County Criminal Defense Attorney Jack Pettit is a former prosecutor with more than thirty years of experience prosecuting and defending drug crimes.  Mr. Pettit will thoroughly evaluate the facts of your case to determine what course of action to take that will be in your best benefit.  To speak with Jack Pettit about drug charges that you or a loved one is facing, contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation by calling (214) 521-4567.  Our office conveniently provides bilingual legal services in both English and Spanish, and we also accept major credit cards.


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