Probation violation in Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh Probation Violation Attorney Often time, when someone is convicted of a crime in a court of the law, the judge will give the guilty party probation in lieu of prison time. And if jail time is administered, probation is sure to follow. In most cases, probation is to seen as a second chance. Probation usually comes with strict regulations and a probation officer that you will have to answer to from time to time for drug testing, personal interviews, and the like. Some probation regulations include things like keeping gainful employment, completing an allotted number of community service hours, or even wearing an electronic ankle bracelet to monitor your whereabouts. There are also restriction about going on vacation, leaving the state, and using drugs and alcohol. At my law office, I am bombarded with calls and emails from people who have broken probation and do not know what to do. Because the criminal justice can be a conflated mess at times, many of the people I talk to never even realize they were breaking probation until they were caught. Ways to violate probation For your information, I have compiled some of the most common ways people end up violating their probation. They include more obvious reasons such as being arrested, using drugs and alcohol, forgetting to show up community service activities, and failing to contact your probation officer. Some of the less obvious ways a person can break probation include getting fired or quitting a job, changing jobs without telling your probation officer, not paying fines and/or restitution, and moving or leaving the state without the permission of your probation officer. Free Consultation – (412) 281-3380 If you have violated your probation, you have a warrant out for your arrest, or think you may have a warrant out for your arrest, you are encouraged to contact Pittsburgh criminal defense attorney Gary E. Gerson at (412) 281-3380 for a free consultation.