If you are on probation and are arrested for a new charge, you will, in addition with having to deal with a new criminal case, be facing the possibility of being sent to jail or prison for a probation violation. Similarly, even if you haven’t been accused of a new crime, but have not done something you’re supposed to do while on probation (such as report to your probation officer, pay fines, do community service, pay restitution, report for drug screens, etc…), you can be arrested for a probation violation. Since most judges will not set a bond on a probation warrant, you could remain in jail for several weeks before your case comes back before the judge that originally sentenced you.
If you or someone close to you has been or is about to be arrested for a violation of probation, it is critical that an Atlanta criminal lawyer intervene as soon as possible. Atlanta criminal attorney Andrew Margolis will intercede early with your probation officer and the prosecutor’s office, discuss the allegations, and attempt to find a resolution that is fair and that you can agree to. If there is no agreement, Andrew Margolis will thoroughly and aggressively present your case to the judge and argue, depending on your situation, that there is no proof a violation occurred, or that the penalty being sought by the probation officer is too harsh, or a combination of both.
The consequences of a probation violation, especially if one is under first offender probation, can be extremely harsh. Atlanta criminal lawyer Andrew B. Margolis has a record of achieving impressive results for clients facing the possible revocation of their probation.