Violation of Probation
Probation Violation Lawyers in Worcester
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Probation involves a contract that allows law enforcement to monitor a person for a particular length of time. The Worcester criminal defense attorneys at Murphy & Rudolf, LLP defend clients in cases of probation violations in the state of Massachusetts.
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What You Need to Know About Probation Contracts
Probation can be ordered in conjunction with other penalties or by itself, and it often allows a person to avoid jail time. Drug possession convictions, OUIs, assault, or domestic abuse may result in probation sentences, and if the crime included a victim, the person on probation may be ordered to stay away from the other party during the course of the contract. Furthermore, a person must comply with all of the terms of the probation or risk a probation violation.
Some common terms and conditions on probation contracts include:
- Obey all state and local laws
- Pay restitution or fines
- Report regularly to probation officer
- Take and pass a drug test
- Perform community service duties
The terms and conditions of probation contracts vary with each situation and person. If offenders do violate their probation terms, they may face penalties or arrest as determined by a sentencing judge. The Worcester criminal defense lawyers at Murphy & Rudolf, LLP can thoroughly prepare your case and defend you in court to seek a favorable outcome.
Probation Violation Surrender Hearings
When a probation officer is aware of any type of probation violation, he or she may file a surrender notice. This would require the person on probation to appear in court in front of a judge to determine sentencing or penalties. In addition, an accused person may have a warrant placed for their arrest, or they may simply receive a summons to appear in court at a later date, depending on the severity of the probation violation.
The probation violation surrender process often involves two hearings. The first one outlines the terms of the surrender and the probable cause that the terms of the probation contract have been violated. The second hearing involves examining witnesses and determining if the contract has been violated and what punishments may appropriate for the violation. At Murphy & Rudolf, LLP, our Worcester criminal defense lawyers can provide aggressive representation in probation surrender hearings.
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