After being charged and convicted of a crime, it is possible to face punishments that include jail time and fines. Under many circumstances, instead of jail time, probation may be assigned to you. Probation allows you to live in society as long as you abide by certain guidelines dictated by the court and upheld by your probation officer. The guidelines you must follow may vary from case to case but can oftentimes include rules of where you can go, what you can do, and fulfilling certain obligations.
To make sure these rules and guidelines are being upheld, you may be assigned a probation officer that makes sure you are following everything you have been sentenced to follow. Sometimes, you may find yourself violating these rules and guidelines, even by mistake. If your officer finds you in violation of your probation, you may be charged for violating your probation. Without a solid defense attorney fighting for your rights, you may be looking at significant punishments for your violation.
What are the Types of Probation?
When convicted of a crime, you may be sentenced to two types of probation. One form of probation can come as an extension of jail time served. For example, if you were sentenced to one year in prison, you may be released early and have the remainder of your sentence served under probation. Another type of probation involves no jail time at all. In fact, this form of probation replaces any possible jail time with the probation itself. You may see this occur for first-time offenders of certain crimes.
No matter which type of probation you fall under, it is possible to violate your probation and cause yourself more stress and trouble than you already have. Tarrant County defense lawyers can look out for your best interests and analyze whether or not your violation may be grounds for further punishment or if you have a case to get your charges dropped entirely.
What are the Consequences of Violating My Probation?
Violating your probation may prove to be costly. Violating probation can result in reverting to your originally scheduled jail time. For example, if you were sentenced to one year in prison, served half of that term in jail, and were serving the other half under probation, you may be jailed for the full one year term if you are found guilty of violating your probation. Violating your probation can be costly financially and can also cost you precious time.
Can a Criminal Defense Attorney Help With Probation Violation Cases?
Probation violations may happen, even if they were unintended. However, being charged with violating your probation does not necessarily make you guilty of it. Evidence must show you were in clear violation of your probation, or else your case could be dismissed. Hardy Law Group, PLLC can explore every option available to you and discuss the legal steps that could benefit you in the long run. Call (817) 222-0000to speak with Hardy Law Group, PLLC, and set up a free consultation to begin putting together the defense needed for your trial.