Probation Violations Defense Lawyer in West Palm Beach

While most agree that probation is preferable to serving time in prison, it can be quite restrictive, and a simple misstep can lead to a violation.

It is important to understand that not all probation violations are created equal. Some are viewed as minor infractions and are unlikely to lead to a jail sentence. Additionally, you might not have violated your probation at all.

Therefore,, it is important to go over your case with a West Palm Beach probation violations lawyer like Ronald Chapman.

Causes of Probation Violations

Some common probation violations include:

  • Refusing to take a drug or alcohol test
  • Failing a drug or alcohol screening
  • Missing court-ordered restitution payments
  • Failing to notify the probation officer about a missed meeting
  • Being arrested for a new criminal offense

Probation Violation Categories

There are two categories of probation violations in West Palm Beach: technical violations and substantive violations. A technical violation occurs if there is reason to believe you did not follow one of the terms of your probation, such as submitting to a drug test or meeting with your probation officer. A substantive violation occurs if you are arrested for committing a new criminal offense while on probation.

Call West Palm Beach probation violations attorney Ronald Chapman today in order to discuss your case.

Burden Of Proof For Probation Violations

In criminal cases, the prosecution has to prove that you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. However, the burden of proof is much lower for probation violations. The prosecutor can use hearsay and other evidence to demonstrate that you likely committed a violation. Unfortunately, this is a very low standard which creates a challenge for defendants. Having an experienced criminal defense lawyer like Ronald Chapman to represent you in court is essential, so call him today.

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Getting Bond For A Probation Violation

If you violate your probation, the judge may set your bond at none. Your attorney will represent you during all stages of your case, including at your bond hearing. Contact our probations violations lawyer in West Palm Beach to learn more.

Can You Terminate Probation Early?

If you have completed all of the terms of your probation without any violations, the judge may terminate your probation early. Contact West Palm Beach probation violations lawyer Ronald Chapman today in order to discuss your options.

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