Probation Violation Charges in San Antonio
Retain Representation from The Law Office of John J. Fox
The Law Office of John J. Fox is experienced when it comes to handling
all types of criminal cases including probation violations. After being
charged for a crime, the court will generally order probation as a part
of the sentence. The person convicted of a crime must complete and abide
by all terms and regulations in the probation. If your probation officer
believes that you violated any part of your probation you could be at
risk of a probation violation and you may be arrested. Regardless of the
type of probation violation, you need a skilled San Antonio
criminal defense attorney to represent you.
Types of Probation Violations
Probation is generally preferred and used as an alternate to a jail sentence.
This gives the defendant a second chance to remain in the community even
after being convicted for a crime. The requirements involved with probation
are strict; however, and must be followed.
Here are some of the situations that could constitute a violation of your
- Failing to attend a court appearance
- Failing to pay a court-ordered fine
- Failing to report to your probation officer when scheduled
- Leaving the state without permission
- Visiting certain people without permission
- Being arrested for another crime
- Failing to abide by curfews or restrictions
- Failing a drug test or urine analysis
Penalties for Violating Probation
There are severe penalties for violating the terms of probation and the
punishments could be harsher than your original criminal penalties. Violating
probation is a federal offense and the judge generally has discretion
on the penalties of this violation. The consequences could include any
of the following penalties:
- Jail sentences
- Community service
- Boot camp
- Large fines/ restitution
- Revoked probation
If your probation is revoked you could have to serve the remaining term
of your sentence in prison rather than in the community. If you have been
arrested for a probation violation, you need to be aware of your legal rights.
Once arrested for a probation violation, you have rights that may help
you minimize or avoid penalties. You generally have the right to receive
a notice of your alleged violations in writing. You also have the right
to be heard in court by a judge and can have an attorney present to represent
you. Lastly, you can present evidence along with witnesses to speak on
your behalf and support your case. Regardless of if you meant to violate
your probation or not, you may still be charged for the violation.
Motion to Revoke Parole
Teaming up with an experienced criminal defense lawyer from our firm may
be helpful. We are familiar with the probation violations and
Motion to Revoke Parole process and can ask the judge to set a new bond in order to prevent incarceration.
We can also ask for a Motion to Revoke and fight for a second chance at
probation. These are proactive steps we can take and by letting the court
know about your transgression right away, it may help you in your case
later on. A Motion to Revoke is similar to a probation violation except
there is no way to bond out of a parole warrant. The warrant forces you
to stay in jail until your hearing. Also, a Motion to Revoke case is argued
in front of an administrative hearing officer rather than a judge.
If you have violated your probation and are looking to take active steps
to avoid getting arrested, come to The Law Office of John J. Fox. We may
be able to help you avoid a violation charge. If you have already been
arrested for a probation violation, a skilled San Antonio criminal defense
lawyer may be able to help you avoid jail time and other penalties.
Contact our firm today to schedule your
free case evaluation.