According to a report by The Council of State Governments Justice Center, approximately 45 percent of admissions in state prison across the United States in 2017 were due to probation or parole violations. In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, probation violation is a serious infraction that usually attracts further ramifications, including additional prison sentences. However, every case is often unique and depends on the terms or conditions of the probation that was violated.
If you have been arrested and charged with probation violation, it is paramount that you retain a skilled PENNSYLVANIA CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY immediately to outline your defense strategy. At Marc V. Taiani, Esquire and Allegheny Attorneys at Law, P.C., I am dedicated to offering comprehensive legal guidance and reliable representation to individuals facing probation violation allegations. I can investigate the details of your case and determine your best defense strategy in pursuit of a favorable outcome.
My firm, Marc V. Taiani, Esquire and Allegheny Attorneys At Law, P.C., is proud to represent clients throughout Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and the surrounding areas of Shaler Township, O'Hara Township, and Fox Chapel.
WHAT IS CONSIDERED A PROBATION VIOLATION?
Probation is a non-prison sentencing option for offenders who are convicted of a crime. Probation eliminates or lessens the time that the defendant must spend in prison or jail. Probation violation occurs when a defendant ignores, refuses, breaks, or avoids any term or condition of the probation. Some of the ways through which probation is violated include:
Failure to report to a probation officer
Failure to pay fines or restitution
Failure to appear for a court date
Traveling outside the area without permission
Arrest for an unrelated crime
Failure to complete community service
Committing another offense or crime
Visiting certain places or people associated with criminal activities
Transporting, possessing, selling, or distributing controlled substances
CONSEQUENCES OF PROBATION VIOLATION
The consequences of probation violations in Pennsylvania can be severe depending on the following factors:
The nature and seriousness of the violation
Whether the violation was reported by your probation officer
If you will be facing new criminal charges
Whether it is your first violation or you have previous probation violations
SENTENCING AND POSSIBLE PENALTIES
The presiding judge will have the major discretion in terms of the penalties for your probation violation. The sentencing may vary from a strict warning to potential jail time or probation revocation. Some possible outcomes of a probation violation hearing include:
Extension of your probation sentence
Revocation of your probation
Revocation and additional sentence, up to the legal maximum for your original offense
Imposition of statutory maximum penalties
Mandatory enrollment in a drug or alcohol rehabilitation program
An order to perform additional community service
A modification of the terms and conditions of your probation
WORK WITH AN EXPERIENCED ATTORNEY
Trying to defend your probation violation allegations by yourself can increase your risk of getting convicted and receiving the maximum penalties. If you're found to be a violator, you could be facing severe consequences, including additional sentencing, fines, and jail time. Therefore, when facing probation violation charges, it is important that you retain a knowledgeable Pennsylvania criminal defense attorney for detailed legal counsel and comprehensive representation.
At Marc V. Taiani, Esquire and Allegheny Attorneys at Law, P.C., I've devoted my career to defending individuals facing probation violation charges and those wrongfully accused of violating the terms of their probation. As your legal counsel, I can help review the facts of your case, conduct a detailed investigation, represent you in court, and present substantial evidence. I can fight vigorously for an alternative penalty or modification in terms. Having me on your side can improve your chances of obtaining the best possible outcome in your probation violation case.
PROBATION VIOLATION ATTORNEY SERVING PITTSBURGH, PA
If you are facing probation violation charges, don't face them alone. Contact me at Marc V. Taiani, Esquire and Allegheny Attorneys at Law, P.C. today to schedule a free one-on-one case assessment. My firm is proud to represent clients throughout Pittsburgh, Shaler Township, O'Hara Township, and Fox Chapel, Pennsylvania. Call today for help from an experienced probation violation attorney.