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Probation Violation

Violations of Probation

Criminal Defense in Kitsap County, WA

Cases involving violations of probation (VOP) are different from any other criminal case. Due to their unique nature they can be extremely frustrating and confusing for both you and your family. When probation is granted, the individual is allowed to be an active member of the community after effectively serving jail time. A violation of probation occurs when a person has been put on probation by the federal, state, or county court and they later violate the terms of their legally binding agreement. There are two categories of violations: new law offenses and technical violations. A new law offense is when the individual commits a different type of criminal offense and they get arrested and charged, whereas a technical violation is not abiding by the requirements of your probation. An example of a technical violation would be failure to complete your community service or pay your court fees.

VOP cases do not involve new criminal offenses but rather a continuation of the original case, in that way they are distinctive. In addition, VOP cases do not qualify for a jury trial and it is much easier for the court to prove guilt with a violation of probation. Any time spent on probation does not protect you from incarceration sentence during a VOP trial. For a formal probation, the defendant is required to meet regularly with their probation officer, which is not necessary under informal probation. An informal probation only requires that they stay out of trouble and complete the terms of the probation agreement.

What are the penalties for a violation of probation? For a VOP sentence the penalties may include:

  • Community service
  • Counseling
  • Physical labor
  • Drug testing
  • Jail time
  • Rehabilitation
  • Extension of probationary period
  • Amendment of probation terms

Criminal Defense You Can Count On

You have already been convicted once, do you really want to face another? Sanctions may be made against you if you violate the terms of your probation, the most serious being an entire revocation of your probation putting you back in jail. Looking for a Kitsap County lawyer for a probation violation? The importance of obtaining a qualified criminal defense attorney at this stage cannot be underestimated. At Ramirez & Walker, Inc. we strive to keep you out of jail so you can maintain your freedom and quality of life. With over forty years of combined experience we are leaders in the field of criminal law. With superior service and affordable costs, our firm goes unmatched. We do thorough research on the law and examine all aspect of your VOP case to find any potential charge reductions or penal alternatives. So call today to discuss the specifics of your probation violation.