When you get convicted of a crime, the judge has many options. One option is to assign probation. Probation can replace jail time. You’ll have to check in with a case worker and follow certain rules. When you break a rule, you get charged with violating probation.
Are you being charged with violating probation? Attorney Douglas Herring can help. Douglas has over 15 years of criminal case experience. He started out as a state prosecutor, and now he defends citizen’s rights. Violating your probation can mean jail time. You don’t want to lose your freedom.
Probation Violation Trial
If you get accused of violating probation, you will have to go to trial. You want an experienced criminal attorney on your side. You don’t want to stand in front of the judge alone. Probation trials are different than criminal trials. They present some extra challenges.
There are two parts to a probation violation trial. The first is determining guilt. You can plead guilty or innocent. You want a probation violation attorney to prove your case.
In probation trials, you do not have to prove guilt “beyond a reasonable doubt”. You just have to prove a “ponderous of evidence”. It’s a lot smaller of a burden. You need an attorney who has experience in probation violation proceedings. Douglas has successfully helped others in your situation.
The second trial is sentencing. This occurs if you pled guilty or were convicted. The judge will decide your new sentence. He may be the same judge you faced for the original crime. You also may stand in front of a new judge. If you are found guilty of violating probation, a skilled attorney can still keep you out of jail.
Probation Violation Appeals
If you don’t like the trial’s outcome, you can appeal. This means you challenge the decision in a higher court. Were you already sentenced? Do you disagree with the outcome? Attorney Douglas Herring can help you fight probation violation sentencing.
Attorney Douglas Herring offers free consultations. If you are accused of a probation violation, call our office at 609-321-8060. You don’t want to go to jail. Let Douglas use his experience to help you.