Probation is one possible sentence for specific charges. Probation can include jail time or follow a prison sentence, though it is often used as an alternative to incarceration.
Probation is one possible sentence for specific charges. The crimes that typically result in probation as a possible penalty include driving while intoxicated (DWI), theft, assault, sex offenses, possession of firearms, and burglary.
Not all convictions are eligible for probation. Probation is typically not an option for people who commit firearms, violence, and immigration crimes.
First-time offenders of certain crimes are good candidates for probation and finance-related offenders that can quickly compensate with restitution.
What is Probation?
Probation is an alternative sentence for people who commit certain misdemeanors and less serious felony convictions. This also includes low-risk offenders and first-time offenders. Probation is a popular choice used to penalize juvenile delinquents in response to certain juvenile crimes.
According to findlaw.com, the purpose of probation is to rehabilitate the defendant, protect society from further criminal conduct or harm, and protect the victim’s rights.
Additionally, probation is meant to reduce the incident rate and impact of crime committed by offenders.
What Happens if You Violate Probation?
A person that commits a crime and gets sentenced to probation as a penalty will be assigned a probation officer. A probation officer ensures the offender follows their probation terms, including regular court dates, random check-ins, drug testing, and treatment plans.
When a person violates the terms of their probation, a probation officer can request a warrant for arrest. In response to violating probation, a judge might revoke probation altogether and reissue an extended sentence, modify the terms of probation and make them stricter, or reinstate the probation under the original terms.
If you have violated probation, you want to avoid a harsher or extended sentence. Contact our law firm to discuss your arrest, probation, and facing a trial to discuss your charges.
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Can Legal Representation Help the Outcome of My Case?
It’s generally advisable to consider hiring a law firm to represent you after violating your terms of probation. The penalties will likely be greater, and the judge might consider revoking your probation altogether.
As your legal representation, we will present the information to the judge in an efficient manner and refute the claims or provide a thorough explanation as to why you violated probation to sway the outcome of the case.
Our law firm can help you mitigate the damage of the violation and give you a better chance of maintaining your current probation terms.
Consider the benefits of legal representation in your probation case, and contact our law firm at 513-548-5544to discuss how our counsel and support can help.