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Probation Violations

Have You Violated Probation? We Can Help.

Once your probation conditions have been set, they are akin to laws written in stone, and cannot be violated. Any violation of probation is taken very seriously and could result in you serving your original jail sentence. If you’ve been charged with a violation of your probation, you should definitely contact an experienced Maryland probation attorney, as the ramifications of your case could be detrimental.

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Common Conditions of Probation

Probation conditions are at the discretion of the judge, but should be related to the crime. That said, there are some common probation conditions in Maryland law:

  • Regular meetings with a probation officer
  • No changing address without approval from your probation officer
  • Community service
  • No contact with certain individuals
  • Prohibition of alcohol
  • Education/Work commitments
  • No possession of firearms or or weapons
  • Fines

What Qualifies as a Violation of Probation?

Violation of your probation is a very serious matter, and should be treated as such. There are a number of ways that you can violate your parole. Of course any violation of the judge’s conditions or any kind of crime committed are violations of probation, but do you know about “technical” probation violations?

Technical probation violations include things like arriving late to probation meetings or avoiding community service. While these infractions may not seem as severe as committing a crime, they can lead to the same consequences, as they are still probation violations. In short, if you want to avoid violating your parole you need to follow your set guidelines to a T.

What Happens if I Violate my Probation?

Once you have been charged with a violation of your probation, the next step is your probation violation hearing. Typically under Maryland law, your probation violation hearing should be presided over by the same judge that presided over your sentencing.

A probation violation hearing is not a criminal matter, and is instead conducted as a civil proceeding. The decision is made by the judge, as opposed to a jury. Once the hearing begins, you must either agree or deny that the probation was violated. If the violation is denied then a full hearing will be held. A state’s witness, most typically your probation officer, will present evidence to the judge. If the judge decides that probation was violated, then the hearing will turn into a sentencing, which could result in prison time. 

Why Should I Hire a Lawyer for My Maryland Probation Violation Hearing?

The outcome of your probation violation hearing is critical to whether you spend your days free or imprisoned. A probation lawyer may be able to prove to the court that the probation violation was either unintentional or was a result of extenuating circumstances. Don’t take any chances with your future, hire a professional Maryland probation attorney, hire Albers & Associates. Contact us today with any questions regarding our legal services, or to request your free consultation.

Criminal Defense FAQs

Can I Appeal My Criminal Case?

If your case was tried in the District Court of Maryland, you do have the right to an appeal which would result in a brand new trial that doesn’t regard the findings of the initial court that tried your case. You have 30 days from the date of sentencing to appeal a case.

Will the State Appoint Me a Defense Attorney?

You may choose to accept legal assistance from a state-appointed lawyer during your trial. However, working with a criminal defense attorney at Albers & Associates means you’ll receive more personalized and dedicated care from a lawyer who is dedicated to aggressively pursuing the best outcome possible for every client they work with.

Why Do I Need a Criminal Defense Attorney for a DUI?

Maryland is one of the states in the U.S. That assesses both administrative and criminal penalties when someone is charged with a DUI. This means that fines, license suspension, and imprisonment are all commonly assessed when a driver has been caught doing so under the influence. The MVA handles most of the administrative charges, but a criminal defense lawyer is necessary if you want to avoid harsher penalties for the criminal charges.