When you have been convicted of a crime, or are arranging a plea bargain, the judge can sentence you to probation in lieu of jail or prison time. While probation can prevent you from serving a lengthy jail sentence, it will normally be with very strict terms that must be followed. Failing to adhere to the terms of your probation can result in severe consequences including incarceration for the full term of the sentence you had originally avoided. If you or a loved one are facing probation revocation proceedings you should immediately contact a Mesa criminal defense attorney to discuss your case.Probation Violations
Probation is granted when a court decides to suspend the imposition of a jail or prison sentence and the terms and conditions of probation can include monthly fees, classes, community work service, random drug and/or alcohol testing, and other terms that must be complied with. An individual can be placed on varying levels of probation, including unsupervised, supervised, or intensive probation. Unsupervised probation enables the probationer to complete the required terms with minimal supervision. Supervised probation can include terms that require the probationer to remain at home during certain periods of time and/or require that the probationer wears a monitoring bracelet. Intensive probation supervision (IPS) is a sentencing alternative for individuals who otherwise would have been sentenced to prison at initial sentencing or as a result of a violation of standard probation. IPS is structured to provide strict control of a probationer, requiring them to be on house arrest, subject to visits by a probation officer multiple times per week, requiring mandatory employment, and monthly community restitution. A probationer can graduate to standard probation after successfully completing the terms and conditions of IPS. A variety of activities can constitute violating probation, including failing to complete a drug or alcohol rehabilitation program, refusing to pay fines, not paying court-ordered restitution, possessing illegal drugs or weapons while on probation, committing other crimes, or violating any other terms and conditions of your probation.
The Law Offices of Trent R. Buckallew, PC recognize the seriousness of being accused of a probation violation and has represented numerous individuals facing these types of proceedings. It is critical to contact an experienced attorney when facing accusations that you violated the terms of your probation. Being found guilty of violating your probation can have serious consequences, including being placed on intensive probation supervision (IPS) or being sent to jail or prison for the remainder of your term. Mr. Buckallew has extensive experience assisting individuals with probation violation issues both in city courts and superior courts throughout the State of Arizona and will zealously defend each and every one of his clients.
Contact a Mesa criminal defense lawyer to obtain a free consultation to discuss your legal options.