A simple slip of the mind. A moment of bad judgement. A little mistake. Wrong place, wrong time. Probation violation is one of the most common criminal offenses. If you committed probation violation, we can help.
A defendant can commit violation of probation one of two ways. It is either a substantive violation, which means the accused has been arrested or charged with new criminal offense. Or, it is a technical violation, such as a missed a curfew, a failed a drug test, leaving the state or a failure to pay monetary obligations.
If you violated a probation order, there are a number of conditions and circumstances that may help or hurt your situation. After violating probation, it is often up to the probation officer’s discretion what to do next, but the right lawyer will negotiate your best options.
If you violate a felony probation order, the court will issue a no-bond probation violation warrant. This means you will sit in custody until your case is resolved. If your probation is violated, you could be sentenced to the maximum penalty you were facing on the underlying charge.
For example, if you were on probation for a 3rd degree felony such as Possession of Cocaine and you violated by testing positive for cocaine, you can be sentenced up to 5 years in the Department of Corrections, which is the maximum penalty for a 3rd degree felony.