Being on deferred adjudication probation for a Class B misdemeanor or higher will feel exactly the same to a defendant as being on “regular” probation.
Now, a County or District Court judge has the option of making any probation, whether regular-conviction or deferred a non-reporting probation. But it’s unusual.
In fact, in Austin/Travis County, it is extraordinarily rare. It’s more likely that I can get a case dismissed, or perhaps a fine only, than that I can work out a “probation by mail.”
I do know, however, that in some counties, probations where you report by mail are common, or even the norm.
But other than that, deferred adjudication means reporting to a probation officer, turning in proof of community service, fines, court costs, U/As, and all the other bells and whistles that come with regular probation.
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