You’ve had a run-in with the law and as part of the terms of your punishment, you were placed on probation. Chances are you were given several different things to complete in a timely manner to satisfy the court’s requirements. But in a life filled with job, family and school commitments, you may find that you’ve backed yourself into a corner and have either let some of those terms lapse, or you know that it will be next to impossible to complete everything you’re required to do by the deadline imposed on you.
You probably also know that when you violate the terms of your probation, you run the risk of greatly upsetting the courts. And that can me going to jail, facing additional terms or a number of other options, none of which are sure to be pleasant.
If you find yourself in this kind of a situation, your best bet is to work with an experienced probation violation attorney. While there’s no guarantees when it comes to stepping over the line, an attorney gives you a solid chance of being able to keep your freedom and negotiating a new set of terms on your behalf. Those terms may include fine payments, community service, counseling, rehabilitation, restitution payments, progress reviews as well as continuing to maintain lawful conduct at all times.
Regardless of your situation, when a probation violation is reported to the court, you do have certain legal rights. Those include the right to receive a written notice of the violations claimed against you, the opportunity to be heard by a neutral judge, and the right to present evidence and witnesses to support your case that you were not in violation. Your attorney will be able to use the legal process to your best advantage and help you understand all of your rights in any probation violation situation.
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