Probation Violations

If a Motion to Revoke your probation has been filed, contact me to discuss our strategies for the defense of your motion. I can offer effective counsel after any alleged violation of probation.

When you have been given probation as part of your sentence, you will have certain requirements that must be met. This could include paying fines in a timely manner, attending specific court-mandated classes, avoiding any other arrests and passing drug testing. When an individual fails in any of their probation requirements, the judge may consider this contemptuous since a sentence of imprisonment was avoided when probation was granted to the offender.

Some judges consider probation a sort of “contract” between themselves and the person on probation, and view any breach of that contract as an affront to the court. However, there are always two sides to a story, and you can be sure that the probation officer and prosecutor will only reveal the bad information to the judge. Many times when the Judge is made aware of extenuating circumstances, he may agree not to revoke. We have observed that many judges work very hard to find alternatives to sending violating probationers back to jail.

I am a former prosecutor and police officer, and have a great deal of knowledge and experience to offer. I know the judges, and know what to expect from them. I understand how they approach an accusation of a probation violation.

In some cases, a filing is merely the result of an administrative error. For instance, a mandated class was completed and a certificate was not received, or community service hours were not recorded by the provider. In other situations money may be the problem. An individual may not be able to pay the fines and has passed the period of time in which they must be paid. Each case is unique and must be addressed quickly and carefully by an experienced defense attorney.

I extensive experience in criminal court, on both sides of the aisle. It is best to contact my firm at once if you have violated probation and you know a warrant has been issued. If you have already been arrested, I can seek out the alternatives available to you and advocate on your behalf. You deserve a high quality attorney that will address your case with skill, and help you avoid the severe punishments you could face in a violation of probation.

In the event that a motion for revocation is filed, I will fight to keep you out of jail. There is no right to a jury trial for an alleged violation of probation, and the prosecution doesn’t have to prove a violation beyond a reasonable doubt. However, you do have the right to a hearing and discovery materials. More importantly, you have the right to counsel who can fight the allegations.

There are some circumstances where a hearing must be set and defended. Sometimes this is the only way for a defense attorney to provide information to a Judge bent on revoking. It is imperative that you hire a defense attorney who has the experience to handle revocation hearings. When you need probation violation help, I can guide you through the system and fight for a restoration of your liberty. Contact me at 972-377-0088 for a free consultation if you face a probation violation.