My Probation is about to be Violated….What do I do?

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My Probation is about to be Violated….What do I do?

I hear this question all the time.  Unfortunately, even with good intentions, people end up in a situation where they are facing a probation violation.  Many times it is simply because they cannot pay restitution, fines or Court costs.  Many times the probation officer is unsympathetic and just looking for a reason to file a violation.  A probation violation has to be willful and substantial.  Not having money or being poor or broke is not a reason.  They have to prove you have the ability to pay.  If you lose your job or make so little you can barely survive, not paying your fines and costs is not your fault.  If you get an attorney before the violation it may make a difference.  We may be able to prevent a warrant being issued and keep you from being arrested.

People also get violated for changing their address without notifying their officer.  Most of the time was it because the person had to move, not because they wanted to.  Always contact your probation officer the day you change locations.  People also get arrested for a dirty urine.  The tests are not perfect and many times if all you have is one bad test we can prevent the violation or get you reinstated.  If you get a new arrest, you can count on getting violated.  It becomes really important to beat the new arrest and win the new charge.  You will end up sitting in jail on the violation while you fight the new charge.  Good people do make mistakes and no one is perfect.  Probation is a second chance and sometimes people simply mess up and blow it.  We regularly represent people who make mistakes.  Our job is to help you through the system and hopefully keep you out of jail.  Call today at 239 334 8890 for a free consultation.