Illinois Criminal Defense Blog

Monday, May 15, 2017

Let's Talk About Sentence Violations

After you’re convicted of a crime, the judge will sentence you. Your sentence could include jail time, probation, supervision, or other conditions that you must complete.

If you violate the conditions that the judge sets forth as part of your sentencing, you could end up back in court—and the judge can even re-sentence you.

So what should you do if you’ve violated the conditions of your sentence and you find yourself in hot water?

The first thing you should do is get in touch with a Chicago sentence violation attorney who understands what happened, who’s willing to listen to your side of the story (sometimes there’s a perfectly good explanation for a sentence violation), and who can argue on your behalf when you go back to court.

Common Sentence Violations

Some of the most common sentence violations we defend include:

  • Re-arrest. Sometimes people are arrested while on probation or parole, which will put you in court not only for the offense you’re accused of this time around, but for violating the conditions of your original sentence.
  • Failure to perform community service. If the judge sentences you to perform community service but you fail to show up, you could end up back in court.
  • Positive drug or alcohol tests. If steering clear of alcohol was part of your sentence but you test positive for it, you’ll end up going in front of the judge for a sentence violation.
  • Failure to comply with a no-contact order. If you contact someone you’re not supposed to contact as part of your sentence, the judge will want you back in the courtroom.
  • Failure to report to probation. If you don’t show up to meet with your probation or parole officer, the courts will reel you back in so you can explain yourself.

Do You Need to Talk to a Sentence Violation Lawyer in Chicago?

If you need to talk to an attorney about sentence violations, we may be able to help you. Call us right away at 847-920-4540 for a free case evaluation. We’ll look at your case and start developing a strategy that gets you the best possible outcome right away.


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