Another term for probation is “deferred jail sentence.” This is because a person can be released from jail or prison early with certain conditions in place. These conditions can include not drinking alcohol or doing drugs, not committing another crime, and checking with the probation officer at designated times. Violating any of these terms constitutes a probation violation and the penalty can be serving out the remainder of the jail or prison sentence behind bars rather than free.
If you or a loved one has been accused of a probation violation, you have the right to quality representation by a Southern Minnesota criminal defense attorney. Your attorney will investigate what occurred and build a strong case for you so that you can achieve the best result. It is your right to defend yourself whether you legitimately committed the violation or not.
Building A Strong Case For You
There are different reasons why probation violations occur. There are technical violations, which are not intentional. These violations can include:
- Believing that your probation was over and not checking in with your probation officer
- Not checking in with a probation officer on time because of an officer change
- Narcotics may be found in a urine test, but there may be a valid prescription
- Instructions are not relayed very clearly
- An address change was reported but the information was lost
Proving that the violation was not intentional because of one of these factors or another legitimate factor can make a significant difference in your case.
A direct violation is an intentional violation. This can include intentionally not reporting to the probation officer or failing to report an address change. It can also include failing a drug or alcohol test or refusing to follow the conditions of probation. In this case, a violator can be sent back to jail or prison to serve the remainder of the sentence.
Proving The Facts In Your Case
It is in your best interest to receive the best possible outcome in your case and that means having your attorney fight for you. It can be revealed by your Mankato criminal defense attorney what happened that led to the violation and those facts can be used to obtain the outcome that you need to move forward with your life.
Contact A Southern Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyer
Probation is the result of a person serving part of their conviction, but being conditionally set free. If a person violates those conditions, then they could go back to prison to serve out the remainder of their regular sentence. If you have been accused of a probation violation, it is imperative to seek competent and knowledgeable representation in order to receive the best result. To learn more, call Farrish Johnson Law Office, CHTD at 507-625-2525 to schedule a free consultation.
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