Are You Facing Jail Time for a Probation Violation?
Being sentenced to a term of probation is often a positive outcome to those who have been charged with a crime. Usually, it allows the individual to avoid time in jail or prison. However, the individual must abide by numerous conditions. If your conditions of probation are violated in any way, it is possible that you could face the possibility of serving the suspended portion of the sentence in jail.
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Probation Violation Hearings & Standard of Evidence
If you have been charged with a probation violation, you have the right to a hearing in front of a judge that takes place within 120 days of your arrest, unless the time limit is waived. In these cases, the standard of evidence is very low, and the judge only needs to find beyond a preponderance of the evidence that you violated the terms of probation. Because of this, it is critical to have a knowledgeable team of Connecticut probation violation attorneys defending your case. At The Sills Law Firm, we have had great success with having client’s probation terminated before the term was up, having clients placed back on probation rather than serving jail time, and even having the probation violation charges dropped altogether.
Some of the common conditions of probation that may be violated include:
- Obeying all applicable laws and not getting arrested
- Not leaving the state without permission
- Reporting regularly to a probation officer
- Not possessing firearms or dangerous weapons
- Paying all applicable fines, court costs, and restitution
- Completing community service, counseling, or other required programs
Consequences of Violating Probation
Failure to meet one or more conditions of your probation is considered a violation. When you violate probation, you will be issued an arrest warrant.
The state is responsible for proving that you violated your probation. If you are found violating it, you may have to serve the sentence the court originally imposed.
On the other hand, the court may issue the following additional conditions for your probation period:
- Jail or prison time
- Community service
- Boot camp or any other programs designed to correct behaviors
Working Tirelessly to Help You Retain Your Freedom
Whether you have been arrested and charged with a new crime or charged with a technical violation, our Connecticut criminal defense lawyers are here to assist. We understand how important your freedom is to you, and will work tirelessly towards the result you need to stay out of jail and continue on with your life.
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