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In Utah, judges routinely place people on probation to avoid the expenses of jail time. Failing to adhere to your probation terms places you at great risk of going to jail or even prison. If you are accused of violating your probation or parole terms, you should seek experienced legal help.

The Salt Lake City criminal defense attorneys at Utah Criminal Defense Attorneys have extensive experience defending individuals suspected of violating the terms of their probation for many reasons. Some of these reasons have included:

  • Being charged with another crime
  • Positive drug test results
  • Failure to report to a probation officer or treatment program
  • Substance use or abuse in violation of your probation
  • Failure to complete Court-ordered community service
  • Failure to pay restitution or fines
 

Suppose you are suspected of a probation violation or have received Notice of an Order to Show Cause. In that case, this is not the time to make any decisions without an experienced criminal defense lawyer fighting for your rights. The accusations against you do not need to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt like regular criminal charges. The prosecutor has a much lower standard to meet in this instance, making it easier for you to be convicted. If you are found in violation of your probation or parole, the judge can sentence you to the maximum sentence for the charges you previously were convicted of.

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Being charged with a crime is a very serious matter. If you have been charged you need a lawyer that will fight for you. We have worked on all types of criminal cases from misdemeanor traffic citations through serious first degree felonies. When you are charged with a crime, hiring a lawyer should be your first step. Give us a call for a free consultation.

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When your freedom is on the line, Utah Criminal Defense Attorneys will fight to make sure the police and prosecutors do not trample your rights. We will do everything necessary to show you should not have your probation revoked. We regularly work with forensic experts to prove you did not commit the crime you are charged with. Jail is not the place you want to be – so make sure you don’t wind up there. We will contact the court, meet with the prosecutor and your probation officer, and show them all the positive and proactive steps you have taken to avoid living life behind bars.

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After completing a prison sentence and as a part of the terms of early release, many people are placed on parole under a parole officer’s supervision. During this time, individuals are allowed to show that they are not a threat to society and can readjust to life among the general population. During this time, these people are required to adhere to strict guidelines that usually include things like:

  • Do not commit another crime
  • Do not use drugs or alcohol
  • Do not contact the victim
  • Stay in contact with your parole officer

If you are accused of violating your parole, your parole officer can request that a warrant be issued for your arrest, or you could be ordered to report to jail.

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If you are accused of violating your probation or parole terms, contact us today to learn about your options, protect your rights, and gain a better understanding of where you stand with the Utah criminal justice system.

(See our blog on probation and parole violations for more information.)

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Probation and parole, although related concepts, are quite different things. Probation can be part of the sentence given when someone is convicted of a crime; it can be provided instead of or in combination with jail time. Parole is only granted after someone has served some or most of his/her jail sentence, and even then, it can be an unsure thing. The parole board gives parole, and they are not obligated to provide it, despite whatever plea bargains may have been made. Many factors can influence the decision of the board, including things like good behavior and demonstrated remorse.

Violating your probation or parole is a severe thing to do, and sometimes, people violate parole or probation without even knowing they were committing a violation. Some common ways that parole and probation can be violated include: being charged with another crime, positive drug test results, failure to report to a probation/parole officer or treatment program, substance use or abuse in violation of your probation/parole, failure to complete Court-ordered community service, and failure to pay restitution or fines.

Regardless of whether it is probation or parole that is concerned, breaking either will garner penalties for the offender, some of them severe. A probation violation, if you are convicted of it, can result in a loss of probationary status, and you can be remanded into prison to serve the time that was initially yours. A conviction for a parole violation can also send you right back to prison.

Typically, the standard for conviction in criminal cases is that the judge and jury must be convinced of guilt ‘‘beyond a reasonable doubt’’. However, in parole/probationary violation hearings, the judge is held to a much lower standard – they are allowed to be convinced by a ‘‘preponderance of evidence’’ instead of ‘‘beyond a reasonable doubt’’. What needs to prove that your violation was done willfully and knowingly – if the offense is proved to be inadvertent, or perhaps trivial, the case will usually be dismissed.

No matter what charges you may be facing, we at the Ault Firm can help you. We have years of experience in dealing with these cases, and we can help get your charges dropped. Call us today for a free consultation at (801) 539 – 9000.

(See our webpage for more information on probation and parole violations.)

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