If you plead guilty to, or are convicted of, a criminal offense in Tennessee, it is possible that probation will be a part of your sentence, particularly if the offense is nonviolent or if you are a first-time offender.
Essentially, probation is a type of criminal sentence in which you are able to avoid incarceration, but only if you follow certain conditions for a predetermined amount of time ― such as reporting to your probation officer on a set schedule.
However, while probation allows you to stay out of jail, it does not mean you are completely free. In fact, if you violate the terms of your probation, the state will likely try to make you serve your entire original jail sentence.
At Shults Law Office, we fight aggressively to keep our clients out of jail. Regardless of whether you have been accused of violating the terms of your probation or you need assistance seeking probation instead of incarceration, we can help. You may risk jail time if you do not act promptly and consult with an experienced probation lawyer.
What Is Considered A Violation Of Probation?
While each case is different, some of the most common probation violations include:
- The failure to report to your probation officer
- The failure to pay fines or court costs
- The failure to complete court-ordered community service
- The failure to complete rehabilitation or treatment programs
- The failure to report, or avoid, new criminal charges
If the state claims you have committed a probation violation, you do have the right to challenge the revocation of your probation. However, this process can be difficult without the assistance of an attorney.
Help For When You Want To Fight To Keep Your Freedom
A probation violation should always be taken seriously, especially given that your freedom is at stake. If you have questions about probation, contact Shults Law Office to speak with a criminal defense attorney. We represent clients in Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and the surrounding areas. For a FREE initial consultation, email our firm or call us at 865-280-1084.