Those who are on probation or who may be accused of a probation violation would do well to seek out the aid, assistance and guidance that only an experienced attorney can provide. The potential consequences of even a minor violation can often be quite severe, and those who find themselves without effective legal representation may be ill equipped to deal with the situation. We at the Spodek Law Group have the experience, resources and expertise needed to ensure our clients are able to address and resolve accusations of a probation violation with greater ease and success.
Conditions of Probation
The numerous terms and conditions of probation can make it difficult to avoid a violation. A simple oversight, circumstances that may be beyond the control of an individual can easily result in a violation or other infraction, one that may have dire consequences if not properly resolved. Some of the most common issues that may contribute to a violation often include:
- Loss of Employment
Terms of probation often require continuous employment. Having access to professional legal assistance may allow clients to deal with a change in employment status or to address any issues or conflicts that may arise within the workplace without violating the terms and conditions of their probation.
- Issues With Drug Testing
Any issues or irregularities with a drug can be considered a serious infraction, one that may all too easily result in incarceration. Working with an experienced attorney can be of paramount importance when it comes to addressing, avoiding or minimizing the potential consequences of any issues that may arise due to the drug testing process.
- Failure to Meet With a Probation Officer or Attend a Treatment Program
Between regular meetings with a probation officer and mandated attendance for various treatment programs, avoiding a probation infraction is not always a straightforward concern. Ensuring that minor oversights and isolated problems with scheduling or attendance do not grow into larger issues is never a matter that should be left to chance.
Consequences of Violating Probation
Being convicted of a probation violation can have serious and lasting consequences which frequently include additional jail time. Those who are charged with violating the terms of their probation may require the assistance of a qualified legal professional in order to ensure that their rights are protected. Lacking experienced legal assistance and effective representation may leave defendants unable to argue the circumstances that may serve to mitigate the charge, reduce the severity of a sentence or avoid a conviction. The right attorney can be a key asset for those seeking a reduced sentence, to avoid jail time or to have their charges dropped altogether.
What Happens After a Violation
The first time the terms of probation are violated may result in little more than a warning issued by a probation officer. While those who have received a warning may not have any further issues provided they are able to comply with the terms of the probation in the future, having received one or more warnings in the past often means that future infractions are taken far more seriously. Receiving multiple warnings or being accused of a more serious violation may result in a judge ordering probation to be revoked. Violations may also result in costly fines, longer sentences and additional criminal charges.
Seeking Legal Assistance From a Professional
The legal guidance and assistance that only a qualified attorney may be able to provide is often an essential resource when it comes to dealing with any of the following issues:
- Avoiding Imprisonment
Legal assistance is essential for those seeking to reduce an initial jail sentence to probation or for ensuring that past violations do not result in future incarceration. Avoiding jail time can be all but impossible for those who lack guidance and representation of a qualified attorney.
- Addressing Violations
Prbation violations that may occur due to circumstances beyond the control of an individual can and do happen. Knowing how to best address the situation, taking prompt action to resolve the issues and being able to minimize the potential consequences of a violation can all make a considerable difference.
Seeking the Best Legal Assistance
Those who have been sentenced to probation or who may be charged with a violation often have many questions. While there are numerous resources that may provide help and assistance, the services of an experienced probation lawyer can often be a critical asset, one that should never be discounted or overlooked. Working alongside the best attorney can provide defendants with numerous potential benefits that may help them to avoid an unfavorable ruling, more stringent sentences or the most dire consequences of a probation violation. Scheduling a legal consultation is an important step for those who have been sentenced to probation or who may have been charged with a violation.