If you have been convicted of a crime and are currently on probation, you are required to follow all laws and cannot get into any trouble. Many people do not realize that if you are on probation, your probation can be revoked for being accused of a crime, even if you have not yet been convicted of a new crime. If you are accused of violating your probation, call a criminal defense attorney right away. You may be facing prison time and additional charges. Find out how the Little Rock, Arkansas attorneys at Benca & Johnston can assist you. Call today for a free consultation.
Skilled Little Rock, Arkansas lawyers representing those accused of violating probation
There are a number of reasons why a person’s probation may be violated in Arkansas. These reasons range from committing a new crime to not abiding by the terms of the original probation. Some examples of reasons probation may be revoked include:
- Failure to attend or complete required counseling treatment
- Failure to complete required community service
- Failed drug tests
- Alcohol related violations
- Failure to attend meetings with probation officer
- Committing new or additional crimes
If you are accused of violating any of those terms of your probation, a petition to revoke probation will be issued. A hearing will be scheduled within sixty days of the petition to determine if you have actually violated probation or not. In some circumstances, you can be held in jail without bond until your hearing. At the probation hearing, a prosecutor will present evidence, attempting to prove that you violated a condition of probation. It is crucial that you have counsel at the hearing.
Our criminal defense lawyers will aggressively advocate for you at your revocation hearing. Whether or not revocation occurs is largely within a Judge’s discretion. Our attorneys, however, have been successful at reaching arrangements in which Arkansas probationers have their probation reinstated so they may go about their lives. Contact our office online or by telephone to schedule your free consultation.
Fighting for fair resolutions in Arkansas probation revocation matters
If you are found in violation of your probation, the judge at your hearing has a great deal of leeway in what to do next. The judge may order you to be remanded into custody to fulfill the remainder of your original sentence, they may extend your probation, or they may order you to additional substance abuse or counseling courses. The punishment is often dependent on the type of violation, the specific case, and if the defendant can demonstrate remorse and a respect for the court. The attorneys at Benca & Johnston can help negotiate the best outcome possible for your probation violation. We have helped many clients avoid jail time and get into the programs or find the help necessary to assist them in successfully completing the remainder of their probation requirements. Contact our office today.