Facing a Probation Violation?
SOMETIMES WE JUST MAKE MISTAKES
Probation isn’t easy. Often there are logistical hurdles that can make it difficult to succeed–lack of transportation to get to classes or probation meetings, loss of a job so you cannot afford your fees. Sometimes due to addiction, untreated mental health issues or bad choices a person can find themselves arrested for committing a new offense while on probation. Regardless of the reason, you may find yourself facing a motion to revoke or to adjudicate with the possibility of jail or prison time.
SOMETIMES IT JUST ISN’T TRUE
Lets face it, Probation officers are overworked and underpaid. They are given a host of policies and procedures and are told to follow them no matter how poorly they apply to your situation. Additionally, just like in every other workplace, you have people who make mistakes and can be vindictive.
The burden of proof on a motion to revoke or to adjudicate is lower than on a new offense, only a preponderance of the evidence. Also, you have no right to a jury trial, the judge will decide what happens. John Rentz has practiced in front of every criminal court judge. He knows their practices and standards. He can effectively present your side and aggressively protect your rights, to provide you the best outcome based on your specific situation and needs.
When is the right time to call?
Don’t make the mistake of waiting until your probation officer asks for a formal motion to be filed. If you do so, you face a warrant being issued and the possible humiliation of being arrested in front of friends or family or waiting in a municipal jail until transported to the county facility.
Contact us at the first sign of trouble. We can work with you and your probation officer to try to avoid the filing all together by seeking creative solutions to the problem. Even if the filing is inevitable, we can work on walking you through the warrant system to minimize the time you spend in jail–then we get to work on resolving the alleged violations.