If you have been charged with a probation violation in the past and it appears on your criminal record, we may be able to apply for an expungement of the record.
If you are currently on probation, you will ideally work with your probation officer to build a positive and trusting relationship. That way, if something that could result in a violation occurs, your probation officer may be willing to warn or work with you to resolve the matter without involving the court.
If you have violated your probation and are facing a hearing, it is important to remember that you have certain rights – just like with any criminal charge.
You have the right to:
- Receive notice about the violation in writing
- Retain legal representation
- Present your case in front of a neutral judge
- Call witnesses and evidence to prove that you did not violate probation
With the potentially serious consequences of a probation violation, it is important not to simply accept your fate.
Sometimes, it is possible to present a case to the judge, explain your actions, and appeal to the judge to mitigate the consequences. It may still be possible to avoid jail time or a large fine.
However, this is usually only possible with an experienced attorney fighting for you. You need to be proactive in your approach or a simple misunderstanding could cost you your freedom.