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Assertive Fort Wayne Attorney Handles Probation Violation Charges

Determined Indiana defense lawyer works to preserve your liberty

When the facts of a case are against the defendant, a skilled criminal defense attorney might still be able to obtain a positive outcome by helping the client avoid jail time. A sentence that grants probation is often a big win for a defendant, because he or she remains at liberty. But the arrangement comes with strings attached, and if the probationer does not fulfill all requirements, the court can impose a jail sentence. If you’ve been accused of violating the terms of your probation, you have the right to a hearing. The Law Offices of Ryan E. Lackey can help you present a compelling defense so you can avoid a total disruption as you try to get your life back together.

Reasons Indiana courts grant probation

Courts grant probation when it presents a better option for the offender and society than time spent in county jail or state prison. Probation allows an offender to enter a drug or alcohol treatment program, continue with employment or an educational program, and participate in community service. However, probation imposes certain duties on the probationer, such as:

  • Required reporting — A probationer must report to a probation officer on a regular, usually monthly, basis. The frequency is generally based on the perceived risk that a probationer will re-offend. Very-low-risk probationers may be allowed to report in writing rather than in person.
  • Employment and education — Indiana probation rules require probationers to maintain employment or enroll in an educational program to improve job-related skills. The probationer must present proof of these activities and must notify the probation officer immediately if employment is terminated.
  • Fines, fees and restitution — Counties throughout Indiana charge administrative fees to probationers to subsidize the program. The court can impose fines as part of sentencing and order restitution to be paid to the victims of the probationer’s crime.
  • Drug and alcohol use —Probationers may not consume alcohol or use drugs. Probationers must also avoid contact with drug users and submit to random drug testing.
  • Travel restrictions — Probationers are not permitted to travel out of state without permission from the court or the probation officer. Permission for a trip lasting more than 24 hours must be in writing.

A probationer who violates the terms of probation can be called before the court for a hearing at any time. After hearing evidence, the court can revoke probation and order the probationer to serve out a sentence in county jail for a misdemeanor conviction or state prison for a felony.

The quality of your legal representation matters. You must retain a skilled criminal defense attorney who can put the facts of your alleged violation in proper context, refute baseless accusations and fight for your freedom.

Contact a determined Indiana lawyer as counsel for your probation hearing

If you’ve been accused of violating your probation agreement, The Law Offices of Ryan E. Lackey is prepared to help you remain free from incarceration. For a free consultation and cost-effective representation from an experienced Fort Wayne attorney, please contact the firm online or call us at 260-222-7364.

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