Assistance with Probation Violations in Tulsa, Oklahoma
Probation can be an alternative to jail or prison time. It can also be implemented in addition to a jail sentence. Even though a probation sentence is not served in jail, it is still considered to be under part of a court sentence. Consequently, if you are under probation, you will have limitations placed on your freedom. Your failure to comply with the terms of your probation can carry serious consequences.
Terms of Probation
The terms of your probation sentence will depend upon a variety of factors, including the details of your conviction as well as your criminal record. Even though a probation sentence is not served behind bars, it carries certain limitations on your freedom. For example, you might be restricted to living or working in a certain area. Additionally, you may have restrictions placed on traveling. That is to say that you might be prohibited from traveling outside of the state. Finally, it is likely that you will be required to undergo random drug and alcohol screening.
Violation of Probation
Even a probationer with the best intentions may end up violating one or more of the terms of probation. Typical probation violations include failing to report to the probation officer as required, associating with known criminals, possessing or consuming illegal drugs, and committing another crime. Punishment for a probation violation depends primarily upon the gravity of the violation and will be determined by the judge who originally imposed the sentence. Before punishment is imposed, the prosecuting attorney is required to present evidence of the probation violation. If the prosecuting attorney carries the burden of proof, the judge will impose punishment. Typical punishment includes incarceration, extension of the probationary period and the imposition of additional probation terms.
Contacting An Attorney
The qualified attorneys at the Edge Law Firm can build your defense against charges that you have violated your probation. By finding fault with the prosecuting attorney's evidence at a probation hearing, your attorney may be able to negotiate a deal with the prosecuting attorney that would eliminate the need for a hearing. For more information about how the Edge Law Firm can help protect your rights or for a free review of your case, fill out our online form or call our office today.