Probation Violations Lawyer Philadelphia
Probation is a mechanism deployed by the judicial system to release an individual into society under certain conditions. By sentencing an individual to probation, the defendant is able to avoid incarceration altogether. But there is a price which must be paid for this relatively favorable outcome: strict guidelines are set by the court which must be followed by the offender. The result of not following these guidelines is what is referred to as a probation violation.
When an individual violates their probation, they are risking their freedom, as the court is likely to revoke the probation and instead impose a prison term. If you have been accused of violating your probation, it is essential that you retain representation to help you stay out of prison. The Criminal Defense Attorneys at The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. will defend you from any charges and work towards achieving the best possible outcome in your case.
How Does Probation Work?
When the court imposes probation, it allows the individual to avoid jail time – on the condition of adhering to certain probation requirements. These requirements often include:
- Regularly scheduled communication with a probation officer
- Applying for and maintaining employment
- Attending counseling or therapy sessions
- Attending drug or alcohol rehabilitation
- Avoiding police contact, such as arrests or citations
- Community service
- Drug or alcohol screenings
- Or any other condition that the Court may choose to impose on you
If you are accused of violating your probation, it will typically be because it has been alleged that you did not adhere to these requirements. You will be required to appear before the court to defend against these accusations. If you are found to be in violation of your probation, potential consequences include:
- Probation revocation
- Custodial sentencing (meaning jail/prison time)
- Potentially significant fines
- Probation reinstatement with significantly harsher terms than originally imposed
Why Do I Need a Lawyer?
A Criminal Defense Lawyer will work to preserve your probation, and work to keep you out of jail. If your violation was a simple technicality, due to issues such as a late check-in with your probation officer, or a missed counseling session, your attorney will explain your error, and present your situation in a favorable light, so as to persuade the court to handle your matter leniently. On the other hand, if your violation is the result of being charged with another crime, your attorney will aggressively defend you against both the probation violation and the underlying new accusation in order to defeat that charge and preserve your probation.