Probation Violation in Missouri
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Probation is a special sentencing for criminal convictions that keeps the defendant out of jail or prison, as long as they continue to meet all other sentencing and probation requirements. If you violate your probation, intentionally or inadvertently, you could be facing a number of additional consequences, including being sent to jail with no chance for parole.
Common examples of probation violations include:
- Not paying required legal fees and fines
- Using or possessing an illegal substance
- Consuming alcohol if your conviction was alcohol-related
- Failing to report to probation officers
- Missing a court hearing
- Visiting prohibited places or people
- Not finishing community service
- Being arrested for any reason
Are you worried you might have committed a probation violation? Is someone accusing you of knowingly violating probation? Start defending yourself now by calling (314) 334-3807 to connect with The Hammer Law Firm, LLC and our criminal defense attorneys in St. Louis. As former prosecutors with 30+ years of legal experience and hundreds of jury and bench trials under our belts, we should be your go-to choice in defense representation!
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What Happens If You Violate Probation?
When a prosecuting attorney or probation officer has good reason to believe you violated your probation conditions, they will send a report to the court that issued your previous judgement. If the argument against you is convincing, then the court will approve a notice to revoke probation, effectively ending your probation as it currently stands. You will not automatically go to jail or prison, though. Our defense lawyers can help navigate and negotiate the situation to make certain your rights are respected.
Penalties for probation violations can include:
- Being sent to jail to complete the original diverted sentencing
- Adding more time to the probation period
- Imposing more fines
- Mandating behavioral counseling sessions
- Creating new stipulations for the probation requirements
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Make certain you are reading for your probation violation hearing by working closely with our St. Louis criminal defense attorneys. We can act on your behalf from start to finish of your case, making certain the argument presented to the court is legally sound and clearly explanatory. Your future wellbeing and freedoms are important to us, and we want to show it by providing you with unmatched legal representation during this uncertain time.
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