When placed on probation, there are a number of terms and conditions one must adhere to. Disobeying one of these terms is, by definition, considered violating your probation. There are a variety of acts that could leave you facing probation violation in the state of Rhode Island. Some of these acts include, but are not limited to: failure to report to your probation officer, failure to appear in court, failure to pay fines or victim restitution associated with your case, failure to perform community service, failure to perform a drug test or failing said drug test, fleeing the state or country, and possession of an illegal substance. You also violate your probation by committing another crime or violating any of the guidelines that were set by your probation officer.
Any one of the aforementioned acts deem you to be in violation of your probation within the state. It will leave you facing some severe consequences that can cost you a lot financially and strip you of your freedom if you land yourself in jail. Although it’s not as serious as violating parole, it’s still a crime and not to be taken lightly due to the consequences involved.
Penalties for Probation Violation in Rhode Island
In the case of a probation violation, your probation officer will be notified immediately and you will be surrendered to the court. You will then have a hearing to present your defense and the penalties will be decided by the judge. In many cases, probation violation will lead to you being incarcerated by the judge. Not only that, but there are an array of fines you will be required to pay in addition to spending time in jail. There are court costs that will need to be paid, fines that are part of your sentence, and possibly restitution.
Have You Been Accused of Probation Violation?
If you’re facing a charge for probation violation, seek representation from an attorney immediately. These court cases can be difficult and it’s not something you can take on alone. You need an experienced attorney who knows the ins and outs of the legal system to help you get a favorable outcome in court. Without an attorney, you will most likely end up in jail. Therefore, you need someone who can keep you out of jail and prevent any further criminal charges.
Kensley Barrett is a Rhode Island criminal defense lawyer who has worked on many probation violation cases. He’s also received successful outcomes for a lot of his clients and he’s ready to take on your case as well. Kensley will put together a strong defense for your case to keep you out of jail and decrease the effects a probation violation will have on your life.
To discuss your case with Kensley, you can contact our office today for a free consultation. We encourage anyone facing criminal charges to seek legal representation immediately. Waiting to hire an attorney will not do you any good, so please schedule your consultation today to discuss your options as soon as possible.