When a person is convicted of a crime in Tennessee the person’s jail time is often times suspended and that person is placed on probation. Once the person is on probation, they are required to follow the conditions of their probation or face a possible violation and/or jail time. Depending on the criminal charge, the conditions of probation can include monthly reporting, avoiding new criminal charges, passing regular and random drug screens, completing alcohol and drug safety classes, completing batterers intervention programs, community service, as well as paying fines and/or court costs.
At any time during probation when the conditions are not met, a probation violation can be issued and there will be a warrant for the person’s arrest. In many cases, the first probation violation will result in jail time followed by a reinstatement of probation for a new term. If a person violates more than once, the district attorney will likely conclude that the person is not a good probationer, revoke their probation, and ask that the person serve “flatten” their entire sentence in jail.
Whether it is your first or second probation violation, the main goal is minimizing a your jail time. This can be accomplished by hiring an experienced attorney who will take the time to investigate the reasons behind the violation, find any mitigating factors that will excuse or minimize the violation, and present those factors to the district attorney and possibly the judge if a sentencing hearing is needed.
Shanone Emmack has successfully handled probation violations in Tennessee for years. Call her today and let her formulate the best plan in fighting your probation violation.