Charged With Probation Violation?
Consequences of Violating Probation in Polk County
If you have been accused of violating the terms of your probation, the court will most likely issue a warrant for your arrest, and when caught you will be taken before the judge for a hearing and possible sentencing. Probation is essentially a second chance given to an individual who has been convicted of a crime, and if you are found guilty of a violation, there is a high probability that you will be forced to serve the full terms of your sentence, which may include being sent to jail for a lengthy period. Whether or not you have already been arrested, it is in your best interests to hire an experienced attorney from our firm, who can intervene on your behalf and may be able to help you avoid a negative outcome.
Probation is used as an alternative to incarceration due to the fact that many of the jails and prisons in our area are already overcrowded, as well as the fact that most prosecutors lack the resources to try every case they receive. It is especially common in misdemeanor cases such as DUI, minor
theft crimes and
domestic violence, where the individual has not previously been convicted and is considered likely to be able to abide by the terms of the probation. Parole is used to allow felony convicts an early release from prison, and is generally similar to probation.
Probation & Parole Violations
The terms of probation are frequently quite restrictive, and may include anything from paying fines, restitution and supervision fees, to attending anger management counseling, drug or alcohol rehabilitation or other mental health treatment services, completing community service hours and making regular reports to a probation officer. Additionally, the probationer may be required to abstain from drugs or alcohol and to submit to urine tests, as well as wearing a GPS device for electronic monitoring which restricts movement to home, work and school. Call or visit us at Ayo and Iken, PLC as early as possible when you are accused of violating your probation or parole, so that we can review the situation and begin work on a strategy for defending your case. Contact an attorney from our team now for a confidential consultation and to learn more about how we can help you.