Probation Violations and Hearings

In many cases, a probation violation can be worse than the original charge. A conviction could mean serving the original sentence plus additional punishments. Even if the violation is the result of an honest mistake, prosecutors and judges are not likely to take your case lightly.

That is why it is important to work with lawyers not just interested in getting you in and out. At the Coughlin Law Group PC, we work with our clients to ensure they have the strongest defense possible that uncovers all of the facts.

Have you been arrested for violating the terms of your probation? Call 617-758-8888 to contact the Coughlin Law Group in Boston, Massachusetts. Our probation attorneys can provide the vigorous defense you require.

What Can Cause Probation Violations?

When you are put on probation, the probation order lays out the terms of your probation. Violating that order will result in a violation of probation. Generally, you will violate your probation if you:

  • Break a state or federal law
  • Fail to report to your probation officer
  • Fail to pay the probation fee
  • Violate specific terms of your probation

Unlike in other criminal proceedings, prosecutors do not need to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you violated the terms of your probation. They simply need to show probable cause. If found guilty, a judge may sentence you to the maximum penalty for your original crime or revoke suspended sentencing if that was the deal for completing your probation.

Our Criminal Defense Lawyers Can Help

Do not face probation violation charges alone. You may end up saying something that can work against you.

If you are under suspicion for violating your probation, an initial hearing will take place to assess whether there is probable cause. This hearing may be followed by a final surrender hearing to assess whether there is enough evidence to convict you of a probation violation. Our lawyers can represent your interests at these hearings. We will make sure judges hear your side of the story. Our efforts can help eliminate or minimize some of the penalties you face.

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Contact Our New England Law Firm

To schedule a free consultation with an experienced criminal defense lawyer at the Coughlin Law Group, call 617-758-8888 or contact our Massachusetts law firm by e-mail. Our probation violation attorneys are committed to protecting your rights and obtaining the best possible outcome in your case.