Defense Against Charges of Violating Probation
The consequences associated with probation violations are serious. Probation is a type of second chance. It allows you to avoid the harsh penalties associated with the crime for which you were convicted…so long as you behave.
First time offenders are generally given the opportunity to avoid some of the consequences associated with criminal convictions, such as jail time, by being placed on probation. In such cases the harsher penalties such as jail time are generally stayed and suspended pending successful completion of probation.
Every probation comes with certain conditions attached to it, such as a promise to not violate the law during the term of the probation. If you break any condition of probation you could end up facing all of the penalties which were previously stayed and suspended. Typically, this occurs if you have been charged with another crime. In such situations you will have to defend against the new charges as well as explain to the court why all of the penalties of the previous conviction should not be imposed.
The Order to Show Cause
If you are accused of having violated your probation you will be summoned by the court to appear for an Order to Show Cause (OSC). At the OSC you will be required to explain why the court should not impose the strict penalties which were previously stayed and suspended.
Utah Defenders Will Protect You at the OSC
The Salt Lake City criminal defense attorneys at Utah Defenders can protect your rights and interests at the OSC by demonstrating to the court how probation was not violated or why further penalties should not be imposed. We strongly advise against appearing at your OSC without a criminal defense attorney like those at Utah Defenders.
Contact Us for a Free Consultation
If you are facing accusations that you violated your probation, contact Utah Defenders for a free consultation. When you meet with us we will explain to you what exactly you are facing and what your options are in the fact of defending yourself against probation violation charges. Contact us at 801.618.1334or email us to schedule a free consultation today.