Probation violations are a serious matter, because it puts your ability to be on probation and avoid prison time at risk. Many reasons can lead to the charge of a probation violation, from failing to meet with your officer, failing to pay fines, committing a new criminal offense, to having contact with someone the presiding judge ordered you cannot contact.
The burden of proof is also much lower. Instead of needing to prove you committed the violation beyond the typical standard of “reasonable doubt,” all the prosecution has to do is make it appear more likely than not that you violated probation.
Some ways to face possible probation revocation are:
- Failure to check-in with your assigned officer
- Failure to maintain employment (if part of the original ruling)
- Leaving the jurisdiction/area of the assigned probation
- Failure to live in an assigned place, as directed by the court
- Failure to perform assigned community service
- Possession of a firearm
This lower standard demands the best probation defense possible, especially with probation revocation as a possibility. If you are facing a revocation hearing, Travis Saul is ready and prepared to defend your liberty and protect your rights.
Don’t delay when deciding whether to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to handle your probation revocation hearing. Often, when someone is arrested for allegedly violating probation, he or she will wait in jail for one to three months waiting to have a hearing. They risk losing their job, their home, and other property and assets. Furthermore, they spend their time sitting in jail and relying on their probation officer to schedule a court hearing – the same probation officer who took out the warrant resulting in the arrest.
Hire a criminal defense lawyer who will be proactive and take steps to get a court hearing scheduled as soon as possible, while also preparing a defense to the allegation that a probation violation was committed.
In some cases an agreement can be reached where the person sitting in jail and waiting for their court hearing can be released from jail and allowed to appear in court on the scheduled court date to have the probation revocation presented to the court.