Cobb County Probation Violation Lawyer
It doesn’t matter if you just started to serve or are only days away from completing years of probation; a simple error or innocent mistake can technically put you in violation of your probation, which means a judge could order you to turn around and serve out the remainder of your sentence in prison. For many people, probation is the best result they could hope for after being arrested on drug charges or other serious criminal offenses. Having that probation revoked because of a later mistake or technical error can be devastating. Fortunately, you have the right to defend yourself before the courts can revoke your probation, and Andrew L. Schwartz, P.C., can help. Call our experienced Cobb County probation violation lawyer for practical advice and immediate assistance dealing with an alleged probation violation or revocation hearing.
What Is Probation?
Probation is an alternative to prison for someone who is convicted of a crime. While on probation, the probationer is released from jail or avoids a jail sentence but is still under the supervision of the state. The terms of the probation will place restrictions on the probationer’s freedom of movement during the time the probation is in effect. When ordering probation, the court imposes several conditions of supervision on probationers. Georgia law provides a list of 17 different terms and conditions the judge can decide to impose. Some of these include:
- Avoiding certain habits
- Staying away from certain people or places
- Obtaining and maintaining employment
- Completing routine drug screenings at your expense
- Participating in rehab programs as directed
- Reporting to your probation officer (PO) regularly and as required
- Allowing the PO to visit you at your home or elsewhere
- Refraining from committing other offenses, including traffic offenses
- Staying in the state and not moving without first notifying their probation officer
- Paying restitution as ordered
- Wearing a tracking device
- Going into substance abuse treatment
- Receiving mental health counseling
Help With Probation Revocation Hearings in Cobb County
Violating any condition of probation imposed on you, including committing any crime or a technical violation of any condition, can lead to having your probation revoked, which means you can be immediately sent to jail to serve out some or all of the rest of your original sentence. Alternatively, you could also have the term of your probation lengthened and/or have more restrictive conditions added to your probation.
Before any of that happens, however, you have the right to a hearing at which you can challenge the revocation, and you have the right to be represented by an attorney at that hearing. Andrew L. Schwartz, P.C., can provide you with strong and effective representation at this hearing, from challenging the grounds and facts behind the alleged violation to providing other evidence why your probation shouldn’t be revoked, such as your commitment to work or school or good behavior while on probation.
The state only needs to meet a lower standard to prove a probation violation than it does to convict you of a crime, making it especially important to have skilled and dedicated legal representation working for you. Cobb County criminal defense lawyer Andrew L. Schwartz will fight the charges against you in court or intercede with your PO on your behalf to prevent probation violation proceedings from ever being brought. Our firm’s commitment is to find the best result for you given all the circumstances surrounding your case.
Contact Andrew L. Schwartz, P.C., Today
If you are facing a potential probation violation, don’t wait to call the dedicated professionals at the law office of Andrew L. Schwartz, P.C. We’ll conduct a thorough analysis of your case and determine the best strategy for the best result. Call our experienced Cobb County probation violations defense lawyer today.