As opposed to jail time, more judges are opting for probation in sentencing. Probation is typically given to first-time offenders or those who have committed non-violent crimes. What’s different about probation is that it keeps the accused in check while allowing them to continue to live their lives. For example, you may be required to attend treatment programs, complete a designated amount of community service hours, and meet with your probation officer.

The probation system is meant to benefit the accused. Unfortunately, many Tennessee residents don’t take their probation seriously because they are unaware of the repercussions. Here are some examples of probation violation:

  • Failing to meet with your probation officer
  • Failing a drug test/sobriety test
  • Failing to serve community service hours
  • Leaving the restricted area specified in the conditions of your probation

Keep in mind there isn’t one penalty for everyone who violates their probation. Really, it’s all in the hands of your probation officer. He or she can issue a warning or report you to the court for a probation violation hearing. In some cases, folks end up serving the punishment they would have received for the original offense. There could also be an extension of your probation placed with stricter conditions and jail time.

If you’ve violated your probation, you need to act quickly. The law firm of Cavett, Abbott & Weiss has more than six decades of combined experience defending the rights of those accused of criminal offenses. What makes our attorneys different is that we truly care about achieving the best possible outcome for clients. Not to mention, our criminal defense lawyers make it a point to communicate throughout the process.

Whether it’s probation violation or another situation, we are here to act on your behalf. Schedule your consultation today. You can’t afford to go to court without us!®