When a person is on probation or parole, they are subject to certain conditions imposed by the court or the parole board. Probation is an alternative to jail that affords people an opportunity to live in the community and work, and parole is an early release from a prison sentence. In either case, however, people who are accused of violating the terms of their probation or parole may face extremely serious legal penalties and should be sure to consult with a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
Common Probation or Parole Violations
The conditions of probation or parole can vary greatly and are usually related to the underlying offense of which the person on probation or parole has been convicted. For example, people who have been convicted of crimes related to drugs or alcohol may be subject to random drug tests, and violent offenders may be prohibited from owning weapons. Some examples of conduct that can constitute a violation of the terms of parole or probation include the following:
- Failing a drug or alcohol test (drug possession, drug trafficking, or DUI)
- Committing another crime
- Possessing a weapon
- Failing to report to a parole or probation officer when required
- Failure to pay fines or fees
- Failure to attend counseling or classes
- Failure to update residence information
- Failure to attend treatment
- Failure to complete any other conditions imposed by the court or the parole board
What are the Potential Consequences for Violating the Conditions of Your Probation or Parole?
Violating your probation or parole has the potential to result in extremely serious penalties. In many cases, courts order probation in cases where they suspend the imposition of a sentence. If the terms of your probation are violated, the court has the power to impose the original terms of the sentence as well as additional penalties for violating your probation. Similarly, if you are found to be in violation of your parole, it could very easily result in you being sent back to prison.
Fortunately, there are many ways that an experienced attorney can help people who have been accused of violating their probation or parole. In some cases, the entire case may be the result of a misunderstanding or a misinterpretation of the conditions imposed by the court or the board. In others, it may be possible to negotiate an alternative penalty for the violation that does not involve incarceration, such as treatment, house arrest, work release, or community service.
Contact Our Colorado Springs Parole and Probation Violation Lawyers
If you have been accused of violating the terms of your probation or parole, you should speak to an attorney as soon as you can. The criminal defense attorneys at The Gasper Law Group are committed to protecting the rights of people who have been accused of probation or parole violations and do everything we can to keep them out of jail. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, contact us today at 719-227-7779.