Any court-imposed sentence, whether it’s supervision, conditional discharge or probation, will require you to obey certain conditions.
If you violate those conditions, the court can impose additional penalties and even re-sentence you based on the violation—and if that happens, it’s a good idea to talk to a Chicago sentence violation defense lawyer as soon as possible.
What is a Sentence Violation?
Any time you violate the conditions the court has imposed on you as part of a sentence, you can be charged with—and convicted of—a sentence violation.
In many cases, sentence violations have a simple explanation behind them; your sentence violation defense attorney will be able to tell the court your side of the story (provided that you explain the situation to your lawyer before your hearing takes place).
Some of the most common sentence violations include:
- Being arrested while on supervision, conditional discharge or probation
- Failure to perform SWAP (Sheriff’s Work Alternative Program) or community service
- Failure to pay fines and court fees
- Testing positive for drugs or alcohol
- Failure to complete DUI education classes
- Failure to comply with a no-contact order, which is often issued in domestic violence and other cases
- Failure to report to probation or Social Services
Essentially, a sentence violation could end up making you pay for the same crime twice.
What Can a Sentence Violation Attorney Do for You?
Your Chicago-based defense attorney will be able to talk to the prosecutor and your probation officer. It’s entirely possible that your lawyer can show that you had valid reasons for failing to meet the conditions of your sentence, or that the prosecutor and probation officer should reinstate your conditions and give you another chance.
We will work hard for your best interest—and you don’t have to walk into a hearing alone. We’ll be with you every step of the way, helping you get the best possible outcome.
Call us at 847-920-4540 for your free case evaluation. If you’ve been accused of a sentence violation, it’s a good idea to have an experienced and knowledgeable former prosecutor fighting in your corner.