Setbacks Or New Charges While Serving Probation
Violating the terms of probation can result in double trouble – you might have to serve the original stayed sentence plus any punishment resulting from a new offense. The experienced attorneys of Schwulst & Roseberry, P.C., can defend you on both fronts to minimize the fallout.
A probation violation triggers a petition to revoke (PTR), which means going back to court and answering to the sentencing judge. We aim to delay or dismiss the PTR while we deal with the underlying offense or violation. If we can clear the new charge, the probation violation also goes away.
Our attorneys practice in criminal courts of McLean County and surrounding counties in central Illinois. Contact us today if you are accused of a probation violation.
Probation Officers Often Patrol Bars On Friday And Saturday Nights
While on patrol, probation officers compare faces in the crowd with mug shots loaded on their iPhones. Probationers are also subject to random tests for drugs or alcohol. All it takes is one violation to trigger a petition to revoke probation:
• New criminal charges (DUI, drugs, theft, assault, weapons, etc.)
• Violating terms of probation (failed urine test, out past curfew, hanging out in bars, etc.)
• Failure to maintain contact with the probation officer
• Failure to attend classes or complete treatment
• Failure to pay court-ordered restitution
Our renowned criminal law attorneys are typically retained to handle the new criminal offense. With more than 50 years of combined experience, they have defended every type of case, from misdemeanors to major felonies. It is possible to convince the prosecution to drop the PTR or at least postpone the revocation hearing until the main charge is disposed of. If we avoid a conviction, the probation violation may be dismissed. If there is a new conviction, probation will likely be revoked.
If the probation violation is not a criminal offense, we work to get our clients back into compliance and hopefully back in the good graces of the court and the probation office. Jail time can often be stayed.
Do Not Wait To Speak With Our Experienced Probation Violation Attorneys
Our lawyers offer the first half-hour of the initial consultation for free to determine if we can help. Call our Bloomington law office at 309-751-4101 or email us right way, and we will respond promptly.