On behalf of Martin & Kent, L.L.C. posted in Criminal Defense on Thursday, January 22, 2015.
If you were accused of violating the terms of your probation, it may be in your best interest to speak with an Aurora criminal defense lawyer at Martin & Kent, L.L.C. immediately. One mistake could extend the length of your probation or even send you back to jail, so these accusations should be taken seriously. When you work with an attorney from our firm, we will fight aggressively to protect your future. Not only can we dedicate more than 45 years of legal experience to your defense, but we have already handled more than 10,000 criminal cases-giving us the competitive edge that you need.
WHAT TYPES OF VIOLATIONS COULD SEND ME BACK TO JAIL?
If you have been placed on probation, this means that you are already on thin ice. One mishap could be enough to send you back to jail, so you should address this matter quickly.
Some of the circumstances that could lead to a probation violation include:
- Failing to appear at a scheduled court hearing
- Failing to check in with your probation officer
- Failing to pay fines that were issued by the court
- Traveling out of the state without permission
- Participating in any type of criminal activity
Your probation officer may have the choice to issue a warning or require an appearance in court if you have violated your probation. This may depend on the type of violation and whether or not you have been issued warnings in the past.
SHOULD I HAVE AN ATTORNEY PRESENT AT MY HEARING?
Most people think that they will get nothing more than a slap on the wrist if they have been accused of committing a “minor” probation violation, but it is important to understand that the court has the authority to hand down a wide range of legal penalties. For this reason, you should move quickly to speak with an attorney if you have received notice that you are required to appear in court. Under the law, you have the right to have a lawyer present at your probation hearing; this is a right that you should not ignore.
At your probation violation hearing, you will be given the chance to tell your side of the story and present evidence to back up your case. Without the help of an experienced criminal defense lawyer, this may not be an easy task. With more than 10,000 criminal cases under our belts, the team at Martin & Kent, L.L.C. knows what it takes to win a difficult case. You should not hesitate to take advantage of this experience when your future, freedom and reputation are on the line. Call our office today!