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Murfreesboro Probation Attorneys Fight to Keep You Out of Jail

Probation is not a right

Probation, also called community supervision in Tennessee, is an alternative sentence for a convicted defendant, called the offender. It allows the offender to continue life outside of jail or prison, subject to the close supervision of a probation officer.

For most crimes with a sentence of 10 years or less, a court may consider probation. However, probation is not allowed when the defendant is convicted of the aggravated versions of kidnapping, robbery, sexual assault, child abuse and other violent crimes. Probation is also not considered for some types of statutory rape.

Since probation is so preferable to incarceration, you don’t want to lose it. If you’ve been granted probation and are now accused of violating it, contact us today. Let our dedicated Murfreesboro criminal defense attorney David L. Scott apply his extensive experience to explore every option for keeping you out of jail or prison.

Conditions of probation

Probation is closely monitored by a probation officer, because the court often orders the convicted person to comply with conditions. These conditions include:

  • Report in and cooperate with probation officer;

  • Violate no laws;

  • Provide for his/her family;

  • Maintain employment, or even keep a specific job;

  • Perform community service for public or charitable organizations;

  • Undergo medical treatment, including psychiatric care or drug testing;

  • Pursue a course of study;

  • Stay away from guns or other dangerous weapons;

  • Remain within given geographical area;

  • Notify the probation officer of any change in address;

  • Make appropriate restitution to victims; and

  • Comply with any other conditions ordered by the court that are reasonably related to the crime.

Violation of Probation (VOP)

So if you get probation, there are probably a lot of conditions to adhere to. Unless you keep track of them all and diligently monitor your behavior, you may inadvertently violate a condition of your probation. If your probation officer believes you’ve violated probation and notifies the court, the judge holds a hearing to determine whether VOP occurred. Unfortunately, unlike a criminal conviction, which requires proof beyond a reasonable doubt, the much lower preponderance of the evidence standard is used.

So don’t let VOP happen to you. At the Law Office of David L. Scott, our hardworking probation attorney is here for you. He applies 19 years of experience to tirelessly work on your behalf to try and make sure that minor mistakes in the aftermath of criminal conviction don’t result in serving time.

What happens if I’m found to violate probation?

If the court finds that you’ve violated probation, it has two options to consider:

  • Jail/Prison: you can be ordered to serve the original judgment of jail time or prison time.

  • Community-Based Alternative: instead of serving time, you can participate in authorized local services or programs. These include residential treatment, further medical treatment or evaluation, or any program approved by a local advisory board. This is available if the violation of probation is technical or minor.

Furthermore, if you’re guilty of VOP, the court may order you to pay for the costs of hearing.

Don’t go to jail – contact our Murfreesboro violation of probation attorney today

You’ve been convicted of a crime but the judge gave you probation. Don’t let a minor mistake send you to jail or prison. Let our highly acclaimed Murfreesboro violation of probation attorney fight any allegations by the probation officer that you violated probation. Our intricate knowledge of the complexities of VOP law help you avoid incarceration and let you begin rehabilitating your life. Call us at 615-896-7656 or contact us online. We offer a free initial consultation.

 

 
 
 

 

 

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722 South Church Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130

Phone: 615-896-7656

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Nashville, TN 37205

Phone: 615-203-8062

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