When an individual gets probation as part or all of a sentence for a misdemeanor or felony offense, the sentence is either an alternative penalty to being incarcerated, or as part of their criminal sentence that will follow jail or prison time. Individual probation terms are dictated by the court and each person is assigned a probation officer who is responsible for ensuring the terms of their probation are met. If an individual violates the terms of their probation he or she is facing the high possibility of being sent back to jail or prison for the full term that was avoided, with added time for the violation in some cases.
In order to protect your interests and increase your chance of maintaining your freedom after being accused of a probation violation, we strongly advise you consult with an experienced Chicago criminal defense attorney from our firm as soon as possible. Regardless of how minor your violation, whether it was a failure to check in with your probation officer or a change of residence without prior permission, you still need a skilled attorney on your side protect your rights. In cases of more serious probation violations, such as the possession of illegal drugs or weapons, associating with known criminals, engaging in some form of organized criminal activities, or the actual commission of a crime, having a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney on your side will increase the chances of avoiding additional penalties or ultimately losing your freedom.
If you or a loved one has violated your probation, immediately contact Howard J. Wise & Associates so that we can review your case and take action to assist you.