When a person is sentenced to a term of probation in Chicago or suburban Cook County, the judge will issue a probation order. This order is loaded with rules and obligations that the probationer must meet. Common requirements include reporting to a probation officer, paying fines, fees and costs, performing community service work, paying restitution, taking random drug tests, completing a GED, no contact with the victim in the case, avoiding being arrested for a new offense and many other requirements.
Many individuals placed on probation feel that the requirements of probation are not very important and need not be taken seriously. It is this kind of thinking that leads to violations of probation and inevitable jail and prison sentences.
When a person violates probation, the judge who ordered the probation can feel insulted and become angry. Most judges feel that when someone violates probation, they are “thumbing their nose at the system.” In reality, most probation violations are not done to disrespect the judge or the system. Most often it is because the individuals placed on probation struggle to balance the demands of work, family and probation. It is critical to remember that only a judge can put someone in jail. The same cannot be said for work or family. Therefore, when you or a loved one is on probation, that has to be priority number one.
When a person fails to comply with all of the terms and conditions of probation, the prosecutor can file a violation of probation, often referred to as a VOP or PTR (petition to revoke). If the prosecutor can prove that the probationer violated probation, the judge may sentence the person to jail or prison, depending upon the level of offense for which the individual was on probation.
For example, if a person is on probation for the Class 2 felony offense of burglary and they fail a drug test, the person’s probation may be revoked and the judge may sentence the person to between 3 and 7 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. A top level criminal defense attorney can help prevent jail or prison time due to probation violations. If you learn that a probation violation has been filed against you or a family member, contact a skilled attorney who knows how to aggressively defend probation violations. A qualified criminal defense attorney can make the difference between a second chance on probation or a trip to the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Those accused of violating probation in the Chicago area can ensure optimal outcomes for their case by securing the services of the experienced Chicago criminal defense attorney Andrew M. Weisberg. Mr. Weisberg will work hard to avoid the revocation of probation and a sentence of jail or prison. Even where the probation has been violated, an aggressive and experienced criminal defense lawyer can often avoid further punishment for the client and allow the client another chance to successfully complete probation.
When arrested for and facing serious criminal charges, it is critical to find a great criminal defense lawyer who is at the top of his profession. Finding an experienced criminal defense attorney is the best thing you can do to protect your reputation and avoid jail time or prison time. Mr. Weisberg handles all felony and misdemeanor charges in all Cook County courthouses including Chicago (and all branch courts), Skokie, Rolling Meadows, Maywood (Maybrook), Bridgeview and Markham.
If you or a loved one has been charged with a violation of probation, contact Chicago criminal defense lawyer Andrew M. Weisberg to receive a strong defense. Mr. Weisberg is committed to offering the best possible defense and believes that a strong case starts with building a personalized relationship with the client.
To discuss the details of your case directly with Mr. Weisberg, call the Law Offices of Andrew M. Weisberg today.