Representation For Probation Violation Cases
Even minor offenses can lead to a probation violation and can wind up in you serving lengthy jail time and being subject to pay hefty fines. If you have been accused of violating probation in Illinois for any reason, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney in your corner. The consequences you face are too severe to deal with on your own.
For more information on probation violations and to start protecting your rights immediately, contact Spector | Baker Attorneys and Counselors at Law at 312-782-4640. You may also schedule a consultation with the lead attorney, Michael E. Baker, online.
The Main Issues That Cause Violations Of Probation
Individuals come to Mr. Baker frequently with questions regarding probation violations. There are a few main issues that tend to come up the most often for how an individual violated his or her probation. These issues include:
- Failing a drug test (dropping dirty)
- Being arrested for a new case
- Not paying fines and fees on time
- Not showing up for appointments
Normally the standard required to prove that an individual committed a crime is “beyond a reasonable doubt.” This is a very tough standard for prosecutors to prove. However, the standard changes to “a preponderance of the evidence” for probation violations, meaning that the prosecutor will have a much easier time proving his or her case. This makes it even more important to have a proven criminal defense lawyer by your side.
Why Probation Violations Are So Serious
Probation is meant to give an individual an opportunity to prove he or she can rejoin society as a crime-free individual. That person basically promises a judge that they will last the duration of the probation period without committing any crimes. If the person violates probation, that judge will not likely be lenient the second time around.
Further, even if the crime committed is minor, if it occurs during your probation period, all the punishments for your convicted crime can come down on you. This means you could go to jail, have to pay enormous fines, have community service and be required to attend counseling.
Seek More Information On Probation Violations
For answers to your criminal law questions in the Chicago area, reach out to the Cook County probation violation defense lawyer at 312-782-4640. You may also contact the law firm online.