Violation of Probation

When a client is placed on probation, there are standard rules of probation that one must follow. In addition, the court may add additional rules tailored to the facts and circumstances of the case. In the event that you are charged with a violation of these rules of probation, it does not necessarily mean that you are going to be facing a jail sentence or period of imprisonment. In the first instance, the burden of proof is on the prosecutor’s office and probation department to prove that you have, in fact, violated your probation.

Even assuming that a violation can be proven, a violation of probation does not necessarily mean that you will face a period of incarceration. Depending on the nature of the violation and the circumstances surrounding it, the courts have the discretion to continue you on probation and/or to lengthen the period of probation or to add specific terms, such as counseling, drug treatment and education. You should always seek competent counsel to assist you in navigating the process. Paul Brickfield has represented many individuals in violation of probation proceedings.