Philadelphia Probation Violation Defense Lawyer
Probation is a mechanism deployed by the judicial system to release an individual into society under certain conditions. By sentencing an individual to probation, the defendant is able to avoid incarceration altogether. But there is a price to pay for this relatively favorable outcome: strict guidelines are set by the court that must be followed by the offender. The result of not following these guidelines is what is referred to as a probation violation.
When an individual violates their probation, they are risking their freedom as the court is likely to revoke the probation and instead impose a prison term. If you have been accused of violating your probation, it is essential that you retain representation to help you stay out of prison. The criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. will defend you from any charges and work towards achieving the best possible outcome in your case.
How Does Probation Work?
When the court imposes probation, it allows the individual to avoid jail time in lieu of adhering to certain probation requirements. These often include:
• Regularly scheduled communication with a probation officer
• Applying for and maintaining employment
• Attending counseling or therapy sessions
• Attending drug or alcohol rehabilitation
• Drug or alcohol screenings
• Community service
• Avoiding police contact, such as arrests or citations
• Or any other condition that the Court may choose to impose on you
If you are accused of violating your probation it will likely be because it has been determined that you did not adhere to these requirements. You will be required to appear before the court to defend against these accusations. If found to be in violation of your probation, potential consequences include:
• Probation revocation
• Custodial sentencing (meaning jail/prison time)
• Potentially significant fines
• Probation reinstatement with significantly harsher terms than originally imposed
Why Do I Need a Lawyer?
A criminal defense attorney will work to preserve your probation and try to keep you out of jail. If your violation was a simple technicality, due to a late check-in with your probation officer or a missed counseling session, your attorney will explain your error and present your situation in a favorable light so as to persuade the court to handle your matter leniently. If your violation, on the other hand, is the result of being charged with another crime, your attorney will aggressively defend you against the probation violation, and the underlying new in order to defeat that charge and preserve your probation.
Call the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. today to schedule a free consultation with one of our criminal defense attorneys to discuss your options.
This content was written on behalf of Greg Prosmushkin.