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Strong Defense in Probation Violation Cases
The criminal justice system is often referred to as a revolving door. The use of incarceration as a punishment for violating the terms of probation is the root of the problem.
After a conviction, courts saddle defendants with a host of conditions. If you violate any of those conditions, you can find yourself back in jail.
If you have been accused of probation violations, you need an experienced attorney on your side.
I am Minnesota criminal defense attorney Murad Mohammad. I have 10 years of experience defending clients in state and federal courts. If you have been accused of failure to comply with the terms of your probation, you need serious help. I can protect your rights and provide you with the high-quality defense you deserve.
The Terms of Your Probation
Probation generally requires that you commit no offenses that are the same or similar to the one you were convicted for.
- You may be required to report frequently to a probation officer.
- You may be required to remain drug and alcohol free, subject to random testing.
- You may be required to attend anger management classes or complete an alcohol or substance abuse program.
- You may not be allowed to leave the state.
- The court may order you to avoid contact with a particular individual.
While judges have a lot of leeway in setting the terms of your probation, most follow a familiar formula. No matter what they set, if you violate any of the conditions of your probation, your probation officer can report the failure to the court and you could face harsh penalties.
The Consequences of Violating Your Probation
Probation violations are not handled the same way as your criminal trial. The rules and standards are different.
The court will first set a hearing at which you will admit or deny that you violated your probation. If you admit the violation, the court will impose penalties. If you deny the violation, the court will schedule another hearing to receive evidence of the violation. You have the right to present evidence supporting your claim that you did not violate your probation.
If the court determines that you did violate your probation, there are several possibilities. The court could add further conditions to your probation, further restricting your rights but still avoiding the full sentence for the original conviction. The court could also impose that sentence in full.
Talk to a Lawyer First; Call for a Free Consultation
Speak to an attorney about your potential probation violation as soon as possible.
An experienced lawyer can guide you through the process and help you avoid potential mistakes. If you are facing a probation violation hearing, call me at 651.283.5324 or contact me by email. We can discuss your situation in a free and confidential consultation.