Probation Violations

Twin Cities Probation Violation Lawyer

A conviction is difficult, especially the penalties. One of the penalties is probation. What this means is that an individual serves a suspended jail sentence, allowing them go on with their life outside of jail as long as they comply with the terms of their probation. If probation is violated, then the person may have to complete the suspended jail sentence in jail and/or pay fines.

If you or a loved one has been accused of violating probation terms, you can fight the charge with the help of an experienced Minneapolis criminal defense lawyer. Even if you think there is no hope of avoiding the penalties, your attorney can advise you on what the expected outcome will be and can fight for the right conclusion in the matter. There are times when the outcome is better than the defendant anticipates.

Setting Reasonable Expectations For Clients

Your attorney will listen to you and the reason why the probation violation accusation was made. It is very important that as many details as possible are provided and that any proof is presented so a strong defense can be built.

There are different reasons why probation violations occur. They include missing a court date, not checking in with the probation officer, testing positive for drugs or alcohol on a drug test, not reporting a change of address, or committing another criminal offense. All of these are violations of standard probation terms and they can be classified as direct violations or technical violations.

  • Direct violation – An intentional violation, such as the commission of a crime or failing a drug or alcohol test. If pleading innocent to a direct violation, you will need to provide proof that you didn’t intentionally violate your probation.
  • Technical violation – While you will need to provide proof, sometimes a technical violation is easier to prove in that technical violations include such things as communication errors that occur when there is a change in probation officer, reporting a change of address that wasn’t recorded, failing a drug test because you were legitimately prescribed a narcotic by a doctor, or believing that it was time for your probation to be over.

If you plead guilty to a probation violation, you are accepting the sentence that the court decides to be appropriate. However the circumstances surrounding the violation will determine how serious the consequences will be.

Working Hard For You

Your Minneapolis criminal defense attorney will take all of the information and use it to secure the best outcome for you. Even if the violation was a direct violation, there may be strategies that can be used to avoid the maximum consequences. Any and every resource will be used to help you get past this charge and moving forward again.

Contact A Minnetonka Criminal Defense Lawyer

Probation violations can happen for a number of reasons. Sometimes those reasons are intentional and sometimes they’re not. Regardless of why the violation happened, the right attorney by your side can help you navigate the legal system and obtain the best result in the case. To learn more about how James H. Leviton can help you, call 612-799-4740 to schedule a free consultation.