Probation Violations

Waltham Massachusetts Criminal Attorneys

probation violations

If you are on probation in Massachusetts you know what it’s like when your freedom is on the line. Being placed on probation is akin to being given a second chance to enjoy your life as much as you can instead of counting the number of bars inside a jail cell. In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts probation is given to nonviolent offenders who have plead or been found guilty of their charges in Massachusetts. This second chance comes with conditions and if you violate your probation in any way all bets are off and you are looking at jail time. If you have violated your probation you need the help or our skilled Middlesex County probation violation lawyers

You can contact our Cambridge, MA probation violation attorneys here for a free case review. They serve the entire Boston and Cambridge metro areas.  

Why You Need A Defense Attorney Handling Probation Violations

The second chance that is probation can be taken away from you immediately at the slightest violation of conditions of your probation. If this happens, you risk having your probation revoked, which does not bode well at all. Having your probation revoked means that you will have to stand in front of the judge in the courtroom and defend yourself. Self representation never goes well. This time around, however, you better be represented by an experienced probation violation defense attorney serving the entire Boston metro area. If you do not have a legal advocate fighting for you you can end up going to jail with no more chances offered to you. 

Examples Of Probation Violation

Those of you who read the conditions of your probation know what it takes to have your probation revoked. Those of you who are not familiar with the conditions imposed as part of your probation should definitely check out this list of conditions that may have been included in your probation order:

  • Failure to attend a scheduled court appearance
  • Failure to show up at a scheduled meeting with your probation officer
  • Engaging in criminal activity
  • Engaging in drug-related activity (possessing, selling, or distributing illegal drugs)
  • Failure to pay court-ordered fines
  • Traveling outside of Massachusetts without seeking permission from your probation officer
  • Failure to pass a drug test
  • Failure to pay any court-ordered restitution (compensation) to victims
  • Going anywhere near the places or individuals from which you are restricted
  • Getting arrested for any offense or crime
  • Getting an OUI, DUI or DWI 
  • Failure to complete community service hours
  • Failure to report any changes in home address or employment
  • Possessing a firearm or weapon, and
  • Failure to attend or complete a program ordered by court (anger management counseling, mental health treatment, domestic violence program, alcohol safe driving enhanced supervision program, AA meetings, etc)

If you violate any of the rules above, or others, your probation officer will file an affidavit with the court. Then, you will be scheduled to attend a hearing, in the course of which your probation could be revoked. If the court finds you guilty of violation probation, you will most likely be re-sentenced. That is why it is so important to be represented by a skilled probation violation defense lawyer. You do not want your existing probation period to be extended, have more jail time added to your probation, or worse, have your probation revoked and spend months or years in prison. 

Contact Our Defense Lawyers Handling Probation Violation Cases In MA

Please click here to contact our Waltham, Massachusetts probation violation lawyers. They offer free case reviews and serve the Boston, Cambridge, Dedham, Salem, Waltham & Worcester areas.