If you are facing a pending probation violation, or think you may soon be found in violation of your probation it is important for you to act quickly. An experienced attorney can work with you to create a plan of action to possibly avoid the revocation, or minimize the penalties you could be facing. Taking no action can damage your ability to put your best foot forward when you have to appear before the Judge. I am committed to giving your case the personal attention, and action it deserves to preserve your freedom, family, and career when faced with this difficult situation.
I have represented clients in many jurisdictions throughout the KC Metro Area, including Overland Park, Merriam, Lenexa, Kansas City, Mission, Roeland Park, Prairie Village, Westwood, Johnson County District Court, Leawood, Lawrence, Lansing, Leavenworth, Wyandotte County, Douglas County, and many other jurisdictions.
In most Kansas and Missouri Courts when a person is convicted of a crime the Judge may decide to place you on probation if they believe you can successfully complete the terms of that probation, and are not likely to re-offend. Probation is given by the Judge in lieu of a jail or prison sentence. If a person violates the terms and conditions of their probation they could be facing severe consequences. Any jail or prison sentence that was suspended could be imposed if the violation is serious enough, or if the Judge believes that you are not likely to succeed on probation.
Common Probation Terms in both Kansas and Missouri:
- Do not consume alcohol, or illegal drugs
- Do not violate any Federal, State, or Municipal laws
- Clear all outstanding warrants, and receive no new warrants
- Pay any outstanding court costs, restitution, and treatment fees
- Complete any recommended programs
- Report to your probation officer as directed
- Report any new arrests, or convictions in a timely manner
- Do not associate with other probationers, or parolees
- Report any change in employment or address in a timely manner
Steps to Take if you are facing a Probation Violation:
- Be Proactive
- Continue to report to your probation officer
(They will often have a great deal of influence in what happens with your violation)
- Complete any recommendations of your probation officer
- Pay any costs that are outstanding
- If the violation is drug or alcohol related, consider seeking out treatment
Resolving a probation violation can be a frightening experience, but if you act proactively and seek the counsel of experienced and creative attorney they can help you understand and form a strategy to reduce the negative impact on your life.