Addressing Probation Violations Quickly And Correctly
If you have been to prison or jail, you know you don’t want to be found in violation of the terms of your probation. The slightest violation could send you back to prison, leaving you with this feeling like there’s a sword hanging over your head.
If you have been notified that you have violated probation, remember that without the help of an experienced lawyer, your chances of going to jail are higher.
The attorneys at Kelly, Symonds & Reed, LLC, know what’s at stake in probation violation cases. We know you could be sent back to jail or prison, lose your job or be separated from your family again. We want to make sure you’re getting the best possible outcome, which is why we use our more than 50 combined years of experience to develop strategies that seek alternatives to jail and prison after a probation violation.
What Happens If You’re Charged With A Probation Violation?
Were you accused of missing meetings with your probation officer or testing positive for illegal drug use? Did you fail to attend a meeting even though you had made prior arrangements with your probation officer? It’s important to understand that sometimes a new probation officer is assigned, and there is simply a different understanding of what is expected of you. What was once OK may lead to a violation of the terms of your probation with the new officer.
If the officer notifies the court, you will probably be taken into custody pending a hearing and posted bond. Remember: You have a right to know what you are accused of. You have a right to due process, including a hearing.
It is rare for a court to send a defendant to prison for his or her entire sentence upon violation of probation. However, you could be given “shock time” of 30 days to remind you that you have a sentence hanging over you.
As an alternative to prison, you could be given home confinement or ordered to drug treatment or boot camp.
Prisons are overcrowded, and it is in everyone’s interest that you do not return. We will fight to get you the better alternative option.
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Don’t make the mistake of dealing with a probation violation on your own. Our attorneys can help you get the best possible outcome by using more than 50 years of combined legal experience handling a wide variety of criminal charges.
Put your future in our capable hands. Call our office in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, to schedule a free initial consultation. Call 816-347-1818 or contact us online to get started down the path of defending your rights and protecting your future. Consultations are available during regular business hours and in the evening by request.