Are you on felony or misdemeanor probation in Bartow County, Paulding, Cobb County, Cherokee County, Dekalb County, Fulton County, Gwinnett County or another surrounding county? Has the probation department alleged that you have somehow violated your probation? You may not have much time to prepare for a Probation Violation Hearing. Many courts only require that you be given 72 hours notice of the hearing, therefore, you have little time to be prepared for the hearing. You need to immediately retain a skilled attorney as the consequences are extremely serious.
Probation violations can include allegedly failing a drug screen, being arrested for a new charge, not reporting to your probation officer as directed or not completing the conditions of your probation. During the hearing, the probation department will report to the judge that you have violated your probation. You may be given additional conditions to complete, but more devastatingly, it could result in your probation being revoked, also known as jail time. Depending on how much time remains on your probation sentence, this could mean a lengthy jail sentence. You could also lose your first offender status, which could have serious consequences on future job opportunities.
Having an experienced attorney defending you is critical. Violations are found through preponderance of the evidence, meaning the probation department does not have to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt. An attorney can help acquire more time to prepare for the hearing, speak to the probation department to negotiate a recommendation to the judge, and also encourage the court to reconsider the violation(s).
Criminal defense lawyer Lisa Wells’ former experience and training as a prosecutor enables her to know the justice system from the inside. Lisa understands what it takes to defend your case successfully.
Contact our office now at 770-255-3701 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment.