Getting You Back On Track After A Probation Violation
Failing a drug test or missing a scheduled check-in with your probation officer is not a slap on the wrist. A probation violation can put you right back in jail or cancel the deal that you negotiated with the court.
If you act quickly when you are charged with violating probation, you might be able to get a second chance. The Reedy Law Office can intervene to try convincing the court not to revoke your probation. Our goal is to avoid punishment for a mistake or relapse and get the help you need to get back on a positive life track.
Why Is My Probation Being Revoked?
Our lawyers are former prosecutors, and one is a former criminal court judge. We are very familiar with probation orders, the probation system and what triggers probation violations:
- Failing a random drug or alcohol screening
- Failing to report to a probation officer
- Failing to pay fines or court-ordered restitution
- Possessing illegal drugs
- Going to the bar or meeting with prohibited individuals
- Leaving the jurisdiction without permission
- Committing a new crime while on probation
If you are found guilty of violating probation, the court can impose a range of penalties, from fines or community service to jail time or mandatory treatment. If you were serving probation in lieu of a conviction, the court can also rescind that deal and re-sentence you.
Can I Get A Second Chance?
In many cases, yes, but it takes more than a promise. The court wants evidence that you will not make the same mistake. As soon as you are arrested or receive a summons for a probation revocation hearing, contact our experienced lawyers. They will help you take proactive steps before your court appearance to get back in the good graces of the court. If you are dealing with an addiction, for example, arranging to enter drug or alcohol rehab will demonstrate that you take this setback seriously. Or if you are accused of stealing to support a habit, making restitution will go a long way with the judge.
You don’t have to prove that you are an angel, only that you want and deserve another chance to comply with the terms of probation. We will be there with you in court to respond to any new charges and to argue on your behalf to stay on probation.
Get Experienced Help To Stay On Probation
Call Reedy Law Office at 423-716-6442 to arrange a consultation or contact us online. We serve Cleveland, Chattanooga and surrounding southeast Tennessee.