What Happens When You Violate Probation?

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A person with handcuffs after violating probations

When you are charged with a crime, there is a maximum allowable sentence for that crime (i.e. jail, fine). A defense attorney will initially try to prove that you did not commit that crime. If proven guilty, a defense attorney will also try to prove that you are an upstanding member of society, and that you do not deserve the maximum allowable sentence. Based on the judge’s discretion, they may reduce your sentence, which can include probation. As long as you fulfill all the conditions of the probation you may avoid jail.

When you violate your probation, you have shown the judge that you are not responsible enough to avoid jail time. You have once again just reintroduced yourself to the possibility of being sentenced for the maximum allowable sentence. So if you avoided jail for probation, you may still go to jail. At this point, time is of the essence. You need to act before the judge issues a bench warrant for your arrest. Once the bench warrant is issued, you may be hauled to jail by the police, even if you were just stopped for speeding.

This is why it is now critical to find an attorney that deals with probation violations. This may be the only chance you have to avoid a maximum sentence.

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