Probation Violation

In the court’s eyes, probation is considered a privilege because the accused can avoid a harsher punishment, such as jail time or hefty fines. Realistically, probation can be a blessing for some, but a curse for others. As experienced criminal defense attorneys, we know that completing probation is not an easy task, and probation violation is a common occurrence.

A violation can happen for several reasons. In many cases, the defendant has done nothing wrong, or the circumstances were out of their control. Probation officers frequently rush to submit violations and work tirelessly to get your probation reinstated or even terminated. Ultimately, if you have violated the terms of your probation, your future freedom is at stake.

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If you are faced with a probation violation, it is crucial to enlist the guidance of an experienced attorney. Scott W. Sheen & Associates will help you take the necessary legal actions to defend your freedom.

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Probation officers have an exceptional amount of power over their probationers. Once you get on their bad side, they can make your life miserable. In defense of your case, we can help make sure the court understands precisely what happened during your alleged violation.

Our attorneys will work to explain any discrepancies between you and your probation officer’s statements of the facts. We will ensure the court appreciates your situation’s full circumstances and evaluates your case in its entirety.


Types of Probation Violations

  • Failing to comply with a court order
  • Going against protective orders
  • Crossing state lines or leaving the country
  • Failing to check in with your probation officer
  • Committing a new crime
  • Missing a drug test or testing positive
  • Drinking if no alcohol was specified
  • Removing a security monitoring device
  • Purchasing or possessing a firearm
  • Failing to complete counseling
  • Failing to pay court fees or fines
  • Getting behind on restitution or community service
  • Failing to appear in court

Main Categories of Probation Violations

Technical Violations

These violations typically occur when the defendant fails to comply with a probation condition. A probation officer can initiate a violation of probation for any failure to comply, no matter how trivial it seems. A failure to comply may be as minor as showing up a couple of minutes late for a meeting.

New Arrests

Your failure to comply with the terms of our probation can carry serious consequences. A new arrest will almost certainly result in being held in jail without bail. Often, the penalties one could face are more significant than the penalties for the original offense.

When facing a probation violation charge, it is crucial to understand the seriousness of the potential new sentence. Those who fail to follow the terms of their probation as ordered by the court may face jail time or even prison, depending on their original charge’s severity.

It’s vital to consult an experienced criminal defense lawyer who can advise you through this challenging period. Choosing the right attorney can mean the difference between a permanent criminal record and walking out of court, breathing a sigh of relief.

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