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Virginia Beach Probation Violation Lawyer

Arrested for violating your probation in VA?


Individuals may be put on probation if arrested for a crime and the judge determines probation is an adequate consequence. Oftentimes, probation is ordered as an alternative to a jail sentence and defendants prefer this penalty.

The negative aspect of probation is that if there is any sort of violation, you could end up with harsher penalties than the original offense in the first place. A strong defense against probation violations is critical to avoid serious consequences. I am a Virginia Beach criminal lawyer and I can assist you in building a defense or negotiating on your behalf.

If your probation officer has warned you of a violation or if you have been arrested for a violation, contact Thoman Law, PLLC right away.

Probation Laws in Virginia

Under the Code of Virginia § 19.2-303, the reasons behind probation orders are provided. When convicted of a criminal offense in the state of Virginia, the court can place you on probation and under the supervision of a probation officer. The officer is usually assigned through the Department of Corrections or through the county and will enforce the orders of the probation.

Some of the possible orders that an individual on probation must abide by include:

  • Reporting to a probation officer
  • Undergoing visits with a probation officer in their home or workplace
  • Not possessing a firearm
  • Not using any type of illegal substance
  • Not committing any crimes
  • Not leaving the state
  • Maintaining steady employment

When on probation, you may have to appear in court or undergo regular meetings or phone calls with the probation officer. You may also need to receive permission before leaving the state or visiting certain places.

Common Probation Violations

If at any time your probation officer believes that you violated the order, you could be facing charges for probation violation. Common violations that I see include:

  • Failing to appear in court
  • Failing to report to a probation officer
  • Failing to pay court ordered fines
  • Feing arrested for another offense

Penalties for Violating Your Probation

There are countless other ways a person can violate their probation, and the penalties can vary accordingly. Some of the results of a probation violation hearing could include:

  • Extending the probation period
  • Ordering additional terms to the probation order
  • Ordering a short period of jail time
  • Fully revoking probation & ordering the sentence to be completed in prison

If the probation was ordered in lieu of jail time, you may have to complete your full sentence in prison plus other penalties. Fight against your probation violation by teaming up with Thoman Law, PLLC.

Defending Against Probation Violations in Virginia

When charging someone for violating their probation, the prosecution must provide evidence of the violation. Also, the violation needs to be intentional or due to serious carelessness. Mistakenly violating your probation is a common defense to avoid the harsh penalties that could follow. There are also instances where a violation occurs outside of the individual's control.

Regardless of your specific situation, you need the help of a skilled probation violation attorney in Virginia Beach. I can make sure that your rights are protected. You have the right to see a written notice of any allegation against you and you have the right to have your case heard in court. Do not settle for a probation violation without exercising your right to have legal representation and fight against the violation.

Contact my firm today or start by filling out a free case evaluation form online.

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