Agreeing to go on probation is a good way to stay out of jail if you have been charged with a crime. But, it only works if you are able to stick to the terms of your probation. When you do that, you get the benefit of the bargain you made, which most times includes a reduction or dismissal of the charges against you. However, if you make a mistake, it can cost you your probation and more. A probation violation is a new charge, so you will now have to defend that charge and the original charge. And when you violate probation, you are likely to be punished to the full extent of the law for the initial charge filed against you. So, knowing what to do while on probation becomes of… Continue reading
Not everyone is well versed in the law, but there are some basic things that are well known. For example, most people know that if a couple gets divorced and they have kids, decisions will have to be made about custody and support. But the intricate details of those decisions are the lesser known things that should be left in the hands of a capable attorney to help determine. In criminal cases it is common knowledge that probation is a good way to resolve a case without having to go to jail. Most people are even aware that there are certain rules and requirements that have to be followed while on probation, and if those rules and requirements are not followed then the probation can be revoked. But there is more to probation and a probation violation than these basics, and knowing a few… Continue reading
It is pretty common knowledge that if you agree to go on probation to resolve a criminal case against you, you have to do certain things. You also have to refrain from doing certain things, like getting into more trouble. If you are caught doing something you are not supposed to do, such as staying out past curfew or failing to take Court ordered rehab courses; or if you do something you are not supposed to do, like get arrested for a new crime, your probation can be revoked. When probation is revoked the defendant has to figure out how to resolve the original case against them, defend the new case charges, and also defend the probation violation charge. This can be a lot to take in, but with the right criminal defense attorney by your side you can get through this process.
But there… Continue reading
If you have been placed on probation then you know that there are certain things you can do and certain things that are prohibited. You probably also know that if you do something that is prohibited you can be charged with violating your probation. A probation violation or VOP is a new charge that you have to defend, and with every violation comes the risk that your supervision will be revoked. All of this is should sound familiar if you have been arrested and negotiated a plea that included a term of probation. But there are also some things about probation that are not as obvious, but just as important.
Five things you might not know about probation, but should if you are considering agreeing to a term, are:
- You… Continue reading
Most people know that if they agree to go on probation, they will have to follow certain rules and procedures and if they do not, that their probation can be revoked. It is also pretty common knowledge that when probation is revoked, you face a much more harsh punishment, which could lead to you spending some time in jail. But there are other aspects of probation violations that are not as well-known, but should be if you are considering going on probation or have been charged with a violation of probation.
Six pitfalls of probation violations that you may not know about include the following:
- There is no time limit for pursuing the violation. So if you think you can avoid prosecution of a violation by leaving the state, you will be surprised upon coming home to find out you are still liable… Continue reading
When you agree to a term of probation to resolve a criminal charge against you, you have to be sure to follow the rules to the letter or you risk violating your probation. If a probation violation occurs, you can be charged with the new crime of probation violation as well as whatever crime led to the violation. This amounts to at least two new charges against you, and you also no longer get the benefit of your probation agreement, which means the original charge can now be prosecuted in full. These possibilities are severe, and can lead to jail time and additional fines that have to be paid. So, if you are charged with violating your probation, you need to know where to turn for help.
Five things that can happen when you are caught violating probation are:
- Your probation will be… Continue reading
If you have been charged with a crime and are considering going on probation to resolve the charges against you, it is important to understand exactly what is involved. A lot of people leave the Courtroom uncertain about the rules and requirements of their probation, and so make a mistake that leads to a violation and revocation of their probation. This is truly tragic, because in most instances the violations can be avoided and the defendant given the benefit of the probation agreement made. Our job is to help walk you through the process, so you go into your probationary term fully prepared. A good way to start is to understand what probation involves, and also what probation does not involve.
Three things you should not expect while on probation are:
- That it will be a cake walk. That is not to… Continue reading
If you have decided to take an offer of probation in order to avoid going to jail while also resolving criminal charges against you, you must take special care to follow all of the rules if you expect a good result. The Court will expect you to know what you are allowed to do, and what you are not allowed to do while on probation. If you do not understand any of the terms of your probation, you will not be given a “free pass” for that misunderstanding and the results can be quite harsh. But it is not always clear what the rules are, so before you take an offer of probation to resolve your case, be sure to get an explanation of the terms.
Agreeing to go on probation as a way to avoid jail time is a good idea if you are prepared to follow the rules of the probation. Every case is different, but in all cases you will be required to pay court costs and fines, and to stay out of trouble while on probation. If you are successful, you will enjoy a reduction in charges or even dismissal of the charges at the end of your probationary term, depending in the bargain you made. But if you make a mistake, you will be fully responsible for the charges, as well as have to defend new charges and the violation of probation charge.
Defending a charge of violation of probation can be tricky, but when you know how the case is structured, you are better prepared for the task. There are three parts… Continue reading
When you get arrested for a crime one of your first thoughts is probably along the lines of what you can do to stay out of jail. One option is to deny the charges and take your case before the Judge or jury to ask for a finding of not guilty. But there are other options, and for many it is nice to know what choices exist because putting your fate in the hands of the Court or a jury is too risky. One of the most popular options is to go on probation. The point of probation is to punish defendants without sending them to jail, and is available in certain types of cases. If your case is eligible for probation, there are some things you will need to know before you make an agreement. Without knowing what you are getting into,… Continue reading