Violations Of Probation
The courts may assign probation as an alternative to imprisonment. This means completing certain requirements determined by the court as well as regular meetings with probation or parole officers. Many consider themselves lucky when they get this option, but still may run afoul of the legal system if they do not follow the exact conditions set by the court.
However, violations can occur for a number of reasons and it is always best to consult with an attorney to get the best possible outcome. If the lawyer creates an effective defense, the court will sometimes keep the terms of your probation even after a violation.
Based in Cincinnati, the criminal defense law firm of Arenstein & Gallagher has more than 60 years of experience helping individuals facing criminal charges. If you face probation violations, we can aggressively fight for your freedom or avoid more severe consequences.
Probation Includes Many Possible Terms
There are a wide range of terms for probation, some of which can be difficult to achieve:
- Find a job
- Attend classes or counseling
- Pay restitution or fees
- Report to your parole or probation officers on time
- Perform community service
- Submit to drug and alcohol testing
- Make your home available for observation by officers
- Not violating a state law
- Not carrying a firearm
What Happens At A Violation Hearing
You will be permitted a hearing before a judge but no jury if you are arrested for violating your probation. The court can force you to literally testify against yourself and then use the testimony against you. The judge will listen to the facts of the case and then determine if you are guilty of violating your probation beyond a reasonable doubt.
Drawing upon our extensive criminal law experience at the state and federal level, we can help those charged with probation violations prepare for their hearing and effectively present their side of the story. The sentencing can be more severe than the original punishment for felonies or misdemeanors, but our legal guidance tailored to your needs can increase the odds of a positive outcome.