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If you were convicted of a crime and put on probation as a penalty, you have strict rules to abide by. Probation is often ordered as an alternative to being put in jail. Some see this as a lenient and preferable consequence, but if you violate your probation in any way you could be facing even harsher penalties. When on probation, you will generally have a probation officer that is supposed to keep an eye on you to make sure you are following the regulations of your probation. This can involve meetings, drug tests and other methods of keeping tabs.
Probation violation charges often come about over misunderstandings or assumptions. If you have been arrested or charged for violating the terms of your probation, contact The Law Offices of Michael Mullen. Need an attorney for your criminal case in Brooklyn? Our Brooklyn criminal lawyers can help you defend against your charges and avoid the harsh penalties at stake.
Each state has their own laws regarding probation violations. Any type of refusal or avoidance of a term in your probation can lead to a violation.
There are other ways to violate a probation order, depending on the unique terms of your probation. If you have questions regarding probation violations do not hesitate to contact our firm. We would gladly discuss your case and the steps you need to take if you are facing charges.
The probation officer has several options when it comes to violations. Some of them may choose to just give you a warning while others may order your appearance in court. This decision can vary depending on the violation and the severity of the situation plus any previous violations. If you do have to go to a hearing, there will be a sentencing judge to hear your case. A prosecuting attorney will try to prove that you violated your probation by a preponderance of the evidence which means by a likelihood over 50%, but the judge will ultimately decide. If deemed guilty at the hearing, sentencing will take place.
In order to avoid these penalties, team up with a skilled criminal defense attorney in Brooklyn. You need to be aware of your rights when going through this process. First, be sure that you obtain a written notice of the alleged violation against you. Then, you have the right to have your case heard in front of a neutral judge in court. You also have the right to legal representation who can help you in providing evidence and witnesses to help your case.
When facing probation violation charges, you need to aggressively fight to have evidence refuted. With the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney in Brooklyn you could successfully defend against your charges. Team up with a criminal attorney at our firm for the counsel that you need. We have years of experience in the courtroom both on the district attorney side and as a criminal defense lawyer. Our team also contains a former NYPD captain who has over 15 years of investigation experience.
For an aggressive and skilled team, contact The Law Offices of Michael Mullen today!