Seek Legal Help If You’ve Been Accused Of Violating Probation Or Parole
Many people who have no interaction with the criminal justice system view probation and parole as mere “slaps on the wrist.” They wonder why criminals should be let off easy and without proper punishment. These attitudes are misguided and show a fundamental misunderstanding of these programs.
The requirements and restrictions for people on probation and parole are strict, and violating them can easily happen by accident. If caught in violation, the person can face serious additional penalties, including going (or going back) to jail or prison. If you’ve been accused of violating the terms of your parole or probation in Ohio, contact Mahaffey & Associates, Attorneys & Counselors at Law. We will immediately set to work investigating the allegations and will represent you at board hearings or in court.
Typical Violations That Can Result In Legal Trouble
Each parole or probation agreement can have unique requirements and restrictions. However, these are some of the most common and likely conditions that get violated:
- Missing a check-in time with the assigned probation or parole officer
- Not completing community service requirements
- Failing a drug or alcohol test, or failing to take one
- Failing to pay a required fine
- Failing to complete court-ordered classes
- Failing to report a change in your employment status
- Leaving the geographical area you were restricted to
- Possessing a firearm
- Associating with other convicted offenders (“known criminals”)
- Committing a new crime or infraction, however small
Under ideal circumstances, it would be easy to meet all the terms of probation or parole. But if you experience instability in finances, transportation, housing and employment (as many people in these situations do), you cannot always avoid a violation.
How We Can Help
No matter what your reasons for failing to meet the terms and conditions are, you need an experienced attorney by your side who can tell your side of the story. Our lawyers will represent you at your parole or probation violation hearing, work to demonstrate that you either didn’t commit a violation or did so by necessity/error and help you mitigate any consequences you may be facing.