In Utah, judges routinely place people on probation to avoid the expenses of jail time. Failing to adhere to the terms of your probation places you at great risk of going to jail or even prison. If you are accused of violating the terms of your probation or parole, you should seek experienced legal help.
The Salt Lake City criminal defense attorneys at the Ault Firm have extensive experience defending individuals suspected of violating the terms of their probation for many reasons. Some of these reasons have included:
- Being charged with another crime
- Positive drug test results
- Failure to report to a probation officer or treatment program
- Substance use or abuse in violation of your probation
- Failure to complete Court ordered community service
- Failure to pay restitution or fines
If you are suspected of a probation violation or have received Notice of an Order to Show Cause, this is not the time to make any decisions without an experienced criminal defense lawyer fighting for your rights. The accusations against you do not need to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt like regular criminal charges. The prosecutor has a much lower standard to meet in this instance, making it easier for you to be convicted. If you are found in violation of your probation or parole, the judge can sentence you to the maximum sentence for the charges you previously were convicted of.
Experienced Utah Criminal Defense Lawyer.
When your freedom is on the line, the aggressive Salt Lake City criminal defense lawyers at the Ault Firm will fight to make sure your rights are not trampled by the police and prosecutors. We will do everything necessary to show you should not have your probation revoked. We regularly work with forensic experts that can prove you did not commit the crime you are charged with. Jail is not the place you want to be – so make sure you don’t wind up there. We will contact the court, meet with the prosecutor and your probation officer, and show them all the positive and proactive steps you have taken to avoid living life behind bars.
After completing a prison sentence and as a part of the terms of early release, many people are placed on parole under the supervision of a parole officer. During this time, individuals are allowed the opportunity to show that they are not a threat to society and can readjust to life among the general population. During this time these people are required to adhere to strict guidelines that usually include things like:
- Do not commit another crime
- Do not use drugs or alcohol
- Do not contact the victim
- Stay in contact with your parole officer
If you are accused of violating your parole, your parole officer can request that a warrant be issued for your arrest or you could be ordered to report to jail.
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If you are accused of violating the terms of your probation or parole, contact us today to learn about your options, protect your rights and gain a better understanding of where you stand with the Utah criminal justice system.