Often, courts will allow certain individuals convicted of lower-level crimes to participate in probation, typically in lieu of a harsher sentence, such as jail time. That being said, if you are caught violating the terms of your probation, you run the risk of facing the full initial punishment, which is why you cannot afford to proceed without the legal assistance of a knowledgeable Chesapeake probation violation lawyer. Contact Patzig Law today to learn more about how our legal team can help you.
Do I Need a Chesapeake Probation Violation Lawyer?
We believe that everyone deserves a second chance, and if you’ve been allegedly caught violating the terms of your probation, you need an experienced Chesapeake criminal defense lawyer who is ready to preserve your second chance. Our legal team truly cares about your right to freedom.
Frequent Probation Violations
There are various ways in which an individual can violate the terms of his or her probation, though some of the most common probation violations we see are as follows:
- Failing a drug test
- Committing another crime
- Leaving the state if directed not to do so
- Possessing a firearm if directed not to do so
- Losing a court-ordered job
- Failing to report to your probation officer
- Failing to pay court fines
Consequences of Violating Probation in Virginia
If you are accused of violating the terms of your probation in Virginia, you can expect to face a wide array of consequences. Of course, the consequences you may face will depend on several factors, such as the severity of your initial crime, as well as the severity of the violation.
Ultimately, the decision to report your violation to the courts lies in the hands of your probation officer. If your probation officer chooses to issue you a warning, you should be able to continue your probation. However, if your probation officer reports the violation to the court, the court may hold a hearing wherein it will determine whether you are guilty of violating your probation.
If found guilty, you may face an extended probational period, you may have additional stipulations added to your probation term, or the court may determine that you should go to jail or prison. Rather obviously, that is the worst-case scenario. Our legal team is ready to fight your charges to help ensure such a thing does not happen to you.
Depending on the circumstances surrounding your alleged violation, we may use a variety of defenses, including that you did not realize you were violating your probation, that the results of any drug test (if applicable) were improperly analyzed or obtained, or that you simply truthfully did not violate the terms of your probation.
Contact a Chesapeake Probation Violation Lawyer
Those who are accused of violating their probation terms cannot afford to proceed without an experienced Chesapeake probation violation lawyer. Hiring the right attorney may make the difference between staying on probation and going to jail. Our firm is here to help. Contact Patzig Law to schedule your initial consultation today.