If you have been convicted of a crime, either by way of a plea deal or jury verdict, the court will retain jurisdiction of your case for a certain period of time to make sure you are complying with the court’s order of judgment and sentence. A misdemeanor conviction normally results in probation between two and five years while a felony conviction may result in probation for a substantially longer period of time. You may also be on probation in accordance with a deferral agreement or stipulated order of continuance where charges can be dismissed so long as you maintain compliance with probation for a set period of time.
If you are on probation, you will likely have court ordered conditions that must be followed or other affirmative actions that must be taken to remain in compliance. These conditions can be onerous and oftentimes unclear. Sometimes, these conditions are not thoroughly communicated to a person on probation resulting in violations that are unintended and may occur due to no fault of your own.
The attorneys at Johnson & Cyr can help you with any probation issue you may have even if we did not work on your case prior to probation. A violation of probation can result in sanctions such as fines, community service or jail time. A violation can also result in revocation of a deferral agreement, even one that is unrelated to the matter you are on probation for. If you are on a deferral agreement you have in all likelihood waived your right to a jury trial and agreed that the judge may find you guilty without allowing you the opportunity to present a defense. In such a case, it is important that you hire a skilled lawyer who is experienced in the defense of probation violations. The attorneys at Johnson & Cyr have a winning track record of defending alleged probation violations. We will fully explain what must be done to get you in compliance, remain in compliance or prove to the court that you did not commit a violation. Call us today for a free consultation.