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Violating Probation in Chattanooga

Violating Probation in Chattanooga: What Happens Next?

Probation Violation Charges in Chatanooga, TennesseeThere are very few good reasons for violating probation – and many compelling ones for following the terms of your probation to the letter.

Even minor violations can result in severe consequences.

In some circumstances, where an honest mistake was made or an emergency arose, a violation may be excused by an understanding probation officer or judge. However, in many cases, you could end up having to serve the time you originally avoided for the offense.

What exactly happens if you violate probation in Tennessee, and is there a way to mitigate the consequences of doing so?

What happens if you violate probation in Chattanooga?

Probation may be ordered by the court in place of jail time or following a jail sentence.

When the probation order is issued, it is accompanied by a series of strict conditions that you must abide by in the interests of public safety.

This normally includes general conditions such as:

  • Not leaving the judicial district without the permission of the court/probation officer
  • Reporting to the probation officer as directed by the court or probation officer
  • Supporting dependents and meeting other family responsibilities
  • Working regularly at a lawful occupation or attending an educational program
  • Not committing any other crimes or fraternizing with known criminals

Additional stipulations may also be included, depending on the nature of the original offense and your criminal history. If you do not comply with these terms, you could be charged with a violation of probation.

Your probation officer may issue you with a warning (if the violation was not too serious) or report your violation to the court.

What is the sentence for violation of probation?

Punishments usually depend on how serious the violation is and if you have previously committed other violations.

Your probation officer has the authority to decide the level of your violation and whether it warrants a court appearance or just a warning.

  • For first-time probation violations: you may be lucky and escape with a warning if the violation was not too serious and you have a good relationship with your probation officer.
  • For second probation violations and repeat offenders: there is less chance of avoiding a hearing and jail time as offenders have demonstrated a pattern of disobeying court orders, which is treated harshly in Tennessee.

For a second offense or a serious violation, the court might order you to attend a hearing.

Your probation officer may ask the court to punish you by paying additional fines, extending your probation, or prescribing jail time. You could end up completing the full sentence you had originally avoided.

The violation will not look good on your record, that’s for sure.

Been charged with violating your probation in Chattanooga, TN?

We represent clients in both state and federal court and can defend any probation violation charge. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Types of parole violations in Chattanooga

The most common types of probation violation that we see in Chattanooga and the surrounding area are the following:

  • Failing to complete community service hours
  • Missing an appointment with the probation officer
  • Failing a drug or alcohol test
  • Missing a court date
  • Possessing a firearm
  • Changing address without providing the mandatory 10-day notice to the probation officer

Sometimes, a new arrest and charge for a criminal offense is the trigger for a violation to be filed with the court. It requires no conviction.

Another common violation is socializing with or contacting people that the defendant has been prohibited from contact with. A good example is during the holiday season when the defendant may attend gatherings with friends and family, mixing with people and consuming alcohol or drugs in violation of the probation conditions.

Be mindful that probation restrictions are not relaxed because of holidays or any other reason. You need to remain vigilant. Probation may be your “second chance” and you should not jeopardize this by letting your guard down and making silly mistakes.

Even if you violate probation while trying to perform a neighborly act, you could be in trouble. Say you tried to break up a fight in your neighborhood. You became involved and found yourself in trouble when the police arrived. It could be reported to the authorities.

In such circumstances, there are mitigating reasons for your violation, and your criminal defense lawyer may need to plead these reasons to the judge in your defense.

What can you do about a probation violation charge?

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.

Experienced help with probation violation in Chattanooga

At Houston & Alexander, PLLC, we make sure that you are clear on your rights and your options so that you avoid taking any steps that might result in further harm – and we can help defend your alleged probation violation at your hearing.

Before you end up with court-ordered jail time, fines, or a longer probation period, contact our Chattanooga office for an initial consultation.

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I had hired another law firm and they were getting nowhere with my case. I was charged with multiple offense DUIs and other charges. I was not sure where to turn and called Houston and Alexander. Johnny Houston went the EXTRA MILE for me! The other law firm had negotiated a sentence that may have made me lose my house, my kids...everything. Johnny was not only able to get my charges reduced but also the sentence net result was I was able to keep my family together. -Colleen
We've been clients of Houston & Alexander for three years, with Bret Alexander representing us during that time. I can't speak highly enough of his integrity, professionalism, and his dedication to our legal needs. We are so grateful for his guidance and effectiveness through such a difficult time. He's an attorney you can trust and depend on to do the right thing. We are sincerely so grateful. Thank You! - Trish
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I won't go into specifics because they are very embarrassing for my family. But if you have a daughter who has been criminally charged with a serious charge, Johnny Houston should be your go-to gentleman. Because of his hard work, and diligence in our case, we can once again hold our heads High and consider this a lesson learned. Thank you Johnny Houston from the bottom of our hearts! -Karen A.
My son made a couple of mistakes and was faced with having a criminal record. Mr. Houston stepped in and provided us with excellent representation. My son will NOT have a record now and is looking forward to the future. I also can't say enough about the staff at Houston & Alexander. Always responsive and informative and really went the extra mile. I cannot recommend them enough! - Alice
Due the stress of this pandemic and the loss of employment, my wife and I got into an argument and I ended up getting arrested and charged with domestic violence. I could not go home, could not have any contact with my wife and had no place to live. An elected official/friend referred me to Johnny Houston and his law firm. Due to Johnny's efforts, not only did we get into court quickly, but all charges were dismissed. We are back together now and I am getting this expunged. Thank you, Johnny! - Client
I had too much to drink one night and backed into another car. I was charged with second offense DUI and felony reckless endangerment. I was at a real low point in my life and my husband had recently passed away. Johnny was able to get the felonies dismissed and I pled guilty to a first offense. Instead of facing significant jail time and a felony, I did a few days in jail and wore an alcohol monitor. Johnny was able to humanize me with the DA and I was able to get my life back on track again. Great law firm! You would be crazy to go anywhere else. - Karen M.
I am a college student. I was involved in a wreck and was charged with DUI and leaving the scene. I thought I was ok to drive but my blood result said otherwise. A DUI conviction would have really hurt my chances of getting a good job. Johnny and Bret told me I had a difficult case and the only guarantee they gave was that they would work hard for me. They NEVER gave up on my case and ultimately persuaded the arresting officer and the DA to reduce the charge. If YOU need help on a DUI or any other case, call them! These men are not only hard working but kind. - Kate
I had hired another law firm and they were getting nowhere with my case. I was charged with multiple offense DUI and other charges. Johnny Houston went the EXTRA MILE for me! The other law firm had negotiated a sentence that may have made me lose my house, my kids...everything. Johnny was not only able to get my charges reduced but also the sentence. I kept my house and my family intact! I have turned my life around and things are great! Johnny did not forget about me once the case was over, either. I needed some additional help with my license and Johnny jumped right on it. - Colleen
Johnny and Bret took my case and treated me like a person, not a number. I was looking at a long prison sentence (10+ years). These guys stepped in, calmed me down, and told me that they were going to be there for me. When you first walk in their office, you have that at home feeling. With Mrs. Wanda, a very welcoming atmosphere. They really treat you like family here. I would recommend Mr. Houston and Mr. Alexander to anyone who needs their service. You will not go wrong with these guys. THEY KNOW THE LAW!!!! - WARDELL
We were from out of town and had no friends or family in the area. Things got out of control and the next morning we were arrested and charged with Felonies. In my opinion, we were over charged. We called Johny and he agreed to meet with us right away. Johnny was attentive and listened. Facing possible jail time and the loss of my husband,s job we were terrified. Johnny literally rescued us! He took the lead, met with the DA and the alleged victim, and really smoothed things over. Johnny was confident and appeared to get along well with the Prosecutors and Judges. We were very fortunate to find Johnny. - Tana

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The moment finally came when I saw Jay walk down the stairs in the court room, he flashed me a thumbs up and I knew... I knew I won. If you need a lawyer do not hesitate to call Houston & Alexander. There is no one that will represent you better anywhere in Chattanooga. I wholeheartedly give them five stars. - Antonio
I had hired another law firm and they were getting nowhere with my case. I was charged with multiple offense DUIs and other charges. I was not sure where to turn and called Houston and Alexander. Johnny Houston went the EXTRA MILE for me! The other law firm had negotiated a sentence that may have made me lose my house, my kids...everything. Johnny was not only able to get my charges reduced but also the sentence net result was I was able to keep my family together. -Colleen
We've been clients of Houston & Alexander for three years, with Bret Alexander representing us during that time. I can't speak highly enough of his integrity, professionalism, and his dedication to our legal needs. We are so grateful for his guidance and effectiveness through such a difficult time. He's an attorney you can trust and depend on to do the right thing. We are sincerely so grateful. Thank You! - Trish
I am a Desert Storm veteran and found myself in need of legal counsel. Everyone from the receptionist to the attorney himself treated me with the utmost respect and dignity. I found them to be knowledgeable and most helpful. I would recommend Houston and Alexander for all your legal needs. Thank you for all of your help. - C Pugh
I won't go into specifics because they are very embarrassing for my family. But if you have a daughter who has been criminally charged with a serious charge, Johnny Houston should be your go-to gentleman. Because of his hard work, and diligence in our case, we can once again hold our heads High and consider this a lesson learned. Thank you Johnny Houston from the bottom of our hearts! -Karen A.
My son made a couple of mistakes and was faced with having a criminal record. Mr. Houston stepped in and provided us with excellent representation. My son will NOT have a record now and is looking forward to the future. I also can't say enough about the staff at Houston & Alexander. Always responsive and informative and really went the extra mile. I cannot recommend them enough! - Alice
Due the stress of this pandemic and the loss of employment, my wife and I got into an argument and I ended up getting arrested and charged with domestic violence. I could not go home, could not have any contact with my wife and had no place to live. An elected official/friend referred me to Johnny Houston and his law firm. Due to Johnny's efforts, not only did we get into court quickly, but all charges were dismissed. We are back together now and I am getting this expunged. Thank you, Johnny! - Client
I had too much to drink one night and backed into another car. I was charged with second offense DUI and felony reckless endangerment. I was at a real low point in my life and my husband had recently passed away. Johnny was able to get the felonies dismissed and I pled guilty to a first offense. Instead of facing significant jail time and a felony, I did a few days in jail and wore an alcohol monitor. Johnny was able to humanize me with the DA and I was able to get my life back on track again. Great law firm! You would be crazy to go anywhere else. - Karen M.
I am a college student. I was involved in a wreck and was charged with DUI and leaving the scene. I thought I was ok to drive but my blood result said otherwise. A DUI conviction would have really hurt my chances of getting a good job. Johnny and Bret told me I had a difficult case and the only guarantee they gave was that they would work hard for me. They NEVER gave up on my case and ultimately persuaded the arresting officer and the DA to reduce the charge. If YOU need help on a DUI or any other case, call them! These men are not only hard working but kind. - Kate
I had hired another law firm and they were getting nowhere with my case. I was charged with multiple offense DUI and other charges. Johnny Houston went the EXTRA MILE for me! The other law firm had negotiated a sentence that may have made me lose my house, my kids...everything. Johnny was not only able to get my charges reduced but also the sentence. I kept my house and my family intact! I have turned my life around and things are great! Johnny did not forget about me once the case was over, either. I needed some additional help with my license and Johnny jumped right on it. - Colleen
Johnny and Bret took my case and treated me like a person, not a number. I was looking at a long prison sentence (10+ years). These guys stepped in, calmed me down, and told me that they were going to be there for me. When you first walk in their office, you have that at home feeling. With Mrs. Wanda, a very welcoming atmosphere. They really treat you like family here. I would recommend Mr. Houston and Mr. Alexander to anyone who needs their service. You will not go wrong with these guys. THEY KNOW THE LAW!!!! - WARDELL
We were from out of town and had no friends or family in the area. Things got out of control and the next morning we were arrested and charged with Felonies. In my opinion, we were over charged. We called Johny and he agreed to meet with us right away. Johnny was attentive and listened. Facing possible jail time and the loss of my husband,s job we were terrified. Johnny literally rescued us! He took the lead, met with the DA and the alleged victim, and really smoothed things over. Johnny was confident and appeared to get along well with the Prosecutors and Judges. We were very fortunate to find Johnny. - Tana

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