If you have been convicted of a crime in North Carolina, you may have been sentenced to probation. If you are accused of violating the terms of your probation, the consequences can be severe. You must be defended by an experienced Winston-Salem probation violation attorney.
When someone is ordered to serve probation in this state, a number of terms and conditions are imposed. Any willful noncompliance with those terms and conditions will trigger a probation violation charge.
IF YOU ARE GUILTY OF VIOLATING PROBATION, WHAT ARE THE PENALTIES?
If you are found guilty of violating probation, the court has several options. You could be returned to probation with a warning; stricter terms of probation may be imposed; or probation could be revoked, and you could be ordered to serve the remainder of your sentence behind bars.
Your fate will be determined at a violation of probation hearing, and you must be represented at that hearing by an experienced North Carolina criminal defense attorney. If you are charged with a violation of probation, contact LAWSMITH, the Law Offices of J. Scott Smith, at once.
WHAT ARE THE RULES AT A PROBATION VIOLATION HEARING?
A violation of probation hearing is quite different from other legal procedures. You have already been convicted of a crime, so your guilt does not have to be proved “beyond a reasonable doubt.” A simple “preponderance of the evidence” is sufficient to find you guilty.
A violation of probation procedure usually starts with a probation officer filing a violation report with the court. After the filing, the probationer must be informed that a violation of probation hearing has been scheduled.
WILL YOU BE ARRESTED FOR VIOLATING PROBATION? WHAT ABOUT BAIL?
Someone who is serving supervised probation may be arrested for a probation violation by a police officer or by a probation officer if a judge has issued an order for the arrest. A probation officer has essentially the same powers to make an arrest as a law enforcement officer.
After a violation of probation arrest, a probationer may or may not be released on bail. If the probationer has a pending felony charge or has ever been convicted of a sex crime, release may be denied.
Our Attorneys Will Represent You At Your Probation Violation Hearing
If you’re charged with probation violation, or if you believe that you may be charged, get help today from a reliable North Carolina probation violation attorney – someone who knows probation law and has a proven record of successfully representing defendants in these cases. Call LAWSMITH at once.
At LAWSMITH, the Law Offices of J. Scott Smith, an experienced Winston-Salem probation violation attorney will review your alleged probation violation and prepare you for your probation violation hearing. Our lawyers will use every available legal tool to fight for justice on your behalf.
How Can You Contact Lawsmith For The Help You Need?
You must take a probation violation hearing seriously – the state of North Carolina does. Call LAWSMITH today – at 336-306-8644 – or use the contact form here on our website and get the legal help that you will very much need if you are charged with violating probation in the Winston-Salem or Greensboro area.
Our law offices are in Winston-Salem at 250 Executive Park Boulevard, Suite 100, and also in Greensboro at 204 Muirs Chapel Road, Suite 104. Clients are offered every professional courtesy and consideration. If you need help regarding a violation of probation charge, call us at once.