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.
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:
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.
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.