Legal Guidance After A Court Order Is Violated
A violation of your probation may seem like a minor offense. Many wrongly assume that an explanation of their side of the story will be enough to escape further penalty. Judges take probation violations very seriously as they are a violation of a court order. It is important to understand the severity and what is and what is not a legal defense to the alleged violation.
Maryland courts treat probation violations very seriously. At the Law Office of Marla Zide, LLC, we represent the rights of those who violated probation. We understand how seriously judges treat these cases and that penalties can be steep. We will advocate for you, explain your options and protect your rights throughout the process.
Many Underestimate The Significance Of Probation Violations
Many ignore the significance of violating probation. Examples of probation violations include:
- Being arrested or charged with the same or different crime
- Testing positive for drugs or alcohol
- Failing to check in with your probation officer
- Failing to pay restitution
- Failing to attend and complete court-ordered programs (such as drug or alcohol treatment programs)
- Forgetting or failing to report a change of address or employment
- Traveling without the permission of your probation officer
- Failing to pay fines or appear in court when scheduled
We understand that violating the conditions of your probation may not always be intentional and that after a misstep, you must confront significant consequences. No matter the type of violation or the circumstances surrounding it, we will protect your rights and seek the most optimal outcome.
The Heightened Consequences Of Violating A Probationary Order
The standard to convict you after a probation violation is lower than that of a criminal charge. In a criminal case, the standard of proof is beyond a reasonable doubt. In a probation violation case, the state only needs to prove by preponderance of evidence that the violating act was committed. This means that the state only needs to prove that it was more likely than not that the violation occurred. As a result, consequences can be harsh.
Many assume that a probation violation does not require the services of an attorney. However, due to the heightened consequences and lower standard to find you in violation, a knowledgeable attorney is crucial to represent your rights and defend your actions.
Schedule A Consultation With A Lawyer
Do not walk into serious trouble unprepared. Schedule an initial consultation with defense attorneys Joshua Tabor and Robert Siegel at our Glen Burnie office to discuss your case. Call us at 443-557-4153 or send us an email.