What Happens If I Violate My Probation in WY?
If you have violated probation, the time to get help is right now.
Understanding probation, whether or not accusations of breaking probation are valid, and how to defend a client accused of a violation is the job of a criminal defense law firm. Whether you face a hearing for violating probation or fear you may soon face one, you need to prepare yourself.
WHAT IS PROBATION?
Probation is a sentence through which an offender remains under court supervision as part of their punishment. It is intended to correct the offender’s behavior through control in the community, as it is a sentence that generally is in place of going to jail or prison. But it comes with a catch: Violating probation can lead to severe consequences.
WHAT IS A PROBATION VIOLATION?
If you are on probation, you likely have terms or conditions associated with that sentence. These commonly include:
- Meeting with a probation officer;
- Complying with drug tests;
- Holding a job or attending school/training;
- Participating in counseling, drug treatment, or other services; and
- Completing community service.
There may also be rules related to when you may leave your home, with whom you may associate, and where/when you can travel. The judicial system considers failing to follow any of the conditions of probation a probation violation.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU VIOLATE PROBATION?
As probation is a form of punishment, as defined and explained in Wyoming law, and the court takes adhering to the terms seriously. Therefore, there are probation violation consequences.
Some of these could be:
- Stricter rules related to existing probation terms (i.e., more counseling, additional community service);
- New additional terms of probation;
- Fines; and
- Revoking probation and ordering the person to serve time behind bars.
Our courts and correctional systems consider probation somewhat of a privilege, only for those offenders they believe can serve their sentence while living in the community. If you have violated probation, your skilled attorney may hold the key to convincing the court that it need not give you additional/different consequences.
HOW CAN A CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY HELP?
First of all, your attorney is on your side. They will not judge you, either for the initial crime the court convicted you of or for the alleged probation violation. A good lawyer knows that an action or mistake does not define a person.
As you work with your attorney, they will map out a plan for your defense. In cases of violation of probation, some defenses include:
- Arguing that the probation officer presented inaccurate information and that you did not violate probation;
- Presenting exceptional circumstances that led to the violation (i.e., you missed curfew due to an emergency);
- Explaining that you misunderstood the terms of probation (i.e., you did not realize you could not travel out of state for just a day trip); and
- Accepting responsibility, acknowledging the violation, and seeking mercy.
To start mounting your best defense, contact a criminal defense attorney. They will discuss your options and then go to work for you. Ultimately, their goal will be to lessen any consequences you may face for breaking probation.
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