Franklin County Probation Violation Defense Attorney

The first thing to understand is that probation violation and parole violation are not the same things. The legal definition of probation is the release of an offender in lieu of detention, subject to a period of good behavior under supervision. Parole is the granting of the release from prison subject to the convicted party being kept on probation. Many times an offender will be placed on probation as a result of a plea arrangement. When parole is granted, you are released from prison after a sentence has already started. You need to hire a Franklin County probation violation defense lawyer who understands the differences. Call the Law Office of John P.M. Rutan today for a free consultation.

In either event, in the case of first-time offenders or in the case of those convicted of lesser minor crimes, probation is often in society’s best interest. One of the ways a sentence of probation may serve society better than sending a person to jail is that probation saves taxpayers significant amounts of money.

As a condition of probation, a person will be required to report to their probation officer on a weekly or monthly basis. During these meetings, the probation officer will check to see if the person’s employment and home living situation have remained the same, improved or deteriorated. The probation officer is free to show up unannounced at the offender’s home or place of work to ask questions to the employer and perform drug and alcohol-related tests.

If you are on probation, you may be required to pay fines and restitution that are determined by the court. Fines are paid to the state while restitution is paid to injured parties. Offenders may be required to replace or repair stolen property or to compensate a victim for physical injuries. The amount of restitution is usually limited to the out of pocket cost to the injured parties such as medical expenses or lost wages from not being able to work.

Another condition of probation is that a person may be required to abstain from the use of alcohol and/or drugs. You could be required to submit to regular or surprise alcohol or drug testing in both your home and workplace

If you have been accused of violating the terms or your probation, have been arrested and are facing jail time, you need the help of experienced probation violation defense lawyers like the ones at the Law Office of John P.M. Rutan. Give us a call at 614-307-4343. We’re available 24/7.

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