Central Illinois Probation Violation Attorneys
Illinois Probation Rules
If convicted of a crime, you could be eligible for probation rather than a prison or jail sentence. During probation, you have to adhere to a strict set of rules under supervision. These rules can be very restrictive but violating them could result in you finishing your sentence in prison. This is why you need to take accusations of probation violation seriously.
You do not have the same rights to defend yourself from these accusations as you do when arrested for a crime, but that does not mean you have to go down without a fight. At Johnson Law Group, our experienced probation lawyers in Central Illinois have protected numerous people from imprisonment after being accused of a violation. Contact us today so we can start reviewing your case.
Your freedom is on the line when accused of probation violation, but the fight isn’t over yet. Call (309) 565-8825 for a free initial consultation.
What Is a Probation Violation?
The terms of probation are different for everyone. What is permissible for you may not be allowed for someone else on probation, so you cannot rely on others’ experiences regarding what is and isn’t okay while on probation. It is important that you understand the terms specific to your probation.
The following are some common examples of probation violation:
- Committing a crime
- Associating with known criminals
- Failing to report to your probation officer at designated times
- Missing court appearances
- Failing to pay fines and other expenses linked to your crime
- Failing to show up for community service
- Failing to find employment
If caught violating probation, the court can order you to finish the sentence in prison, but this is not the only possible outcome. The timeline of your probation could be extended, or you could be forced to serve a short jail sentence before continuing probation.
Petitions to Revoke
If law enforcement thinks you violated your probation, they do not have to inform you before you are arrested. You may not realize anything is wrong until an officer shows up at your residence with handcuffs. They can do this as long as they have a petition to revoke.
Once arrested, you will be taken to a hearing. Law enforcement will need to prove that you violated your parole, and you and your attorney will need to be ready to counter their claims.
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