New Jersey Probation Violations Attorney
Probation is a sentence that the Judge can give you, instead of a custodial sentence where you are locked up in jail or prison. If you are placed on probation, take it very seriously, as it is not ‘just a slap on the wrist’. If you violate the probation, the Judge can re-sentence you up to the maximum sentence for the charge for which you were originally given probation. If a VOP is filed against you, immediately consult with an experienced criminal defense lawyer to discuss what needs to be done to try to avoid being re-sentenced.
If you violate the terms of your probation, contact New Jersey Probation Violations Attorney Howard Bailey at 973-982-1200 for a free consultation to discuss what your options are to avoid incarceration. As a former county prosecutor, Howard has the knowledge and the relationships that could be beneficial to you.
What to Do If You Violate the Terms of Your Probation
Simply stated, you need to develop as many reasons as possible for the Judge to keep you on probation, even if it means that the Judge extends the period or adds additional conditions. In a recent case, Howard Bailey represented a client who never reported, never did the community service, and did not pay the fines. The prosecutor asked the Court to re-sentence the client to prison for the maximum term. Mr Bailey successfully argued that what the client had accomplished since the sentence was imposed outweighed the failure to comply with the conditions of probation. The client was discharged from probation with improvement, and immediately released.
Typical Probation Conditions
When the Judge imposes the sentence, he not only sets the number of years you will need to report, he also sets the conditions you will need to do, to keep your freedom. Some typical restrictions include: getting a job, no new arrests, drug treatment, no alcoholic beverages, and counseling. Complete all of the conditions like payment of fines and community service as quickly as possible, so all you need to do is report.