Many criminal matters are resolved through negotiated sentences of probation following a guilty plea. A defendant must remember that a sentence of probation is a serious matter that presents its own risks. A violation could send you to jail or prison.
Unlike new criminal charges, probation violations do not need to be proved beyond a reasonable doubt. There is no right to a jury. It is you versus the probation officer as to whether the violation took place, and in most cases, the judge will follow the probation officer’s advice as to what to do with you.
All of that may seem scary but our job is to make sure the probation officer does not recommend you go to jail. There are ways to explain violations in a way that the probation officer will understand and be more inclined to recommend continued probation.
Give us a call today to discuss your probation/parole, 732-377-2005.