If you stand accused of probation violation in Wayne County, enlist the representation of a qualified, seasoned, and reputable Wayne County defense attorney immediately. Failing to complete a court-ordered activity or relocating without authorization from your probation officer may seem like small, insignificant choices, but the consequences are taken seriously in the Wayne County Circuit Court’s Frank Murphy Hall of Justice and the various district courts. Without the representation of a savvy, seasoned attorney, your probation may be revoked, and you could be ordered to serve jail time. A conviction and sentence for a violation of probation may be avoidable. A “low budget” attorney or court-appointed lawyer will not do everything it takes to get you the best possible result.
Know the Terms of Your Probation
A large percentage of probation violators fail to carry out a requirement of their probation unknowingly, which is why it is important to be fully aware and understand what the court expects from you. Terms of probation are all different, tailored personally to each individual.
A term of probation may be that the individual must keep a job or be able to pass a drug test. Missing appointments with the probation officer and/or missing a court appearance are common probation violations. We all have moments of forgetfulness and lapses in judgment, but even the smallest infraction can have huge ramifications. Wayne County judges consider probation a matter of trust, and once the trust is broken, it can be difficult to avoid a heavier sentence, unless you have a great criminal defense lawyer.
One of the most common issues facing our clients in Wayne County is that the courts often fail to provide a copy of the Order of Probation to the defendant. Failing to give the defendant a copy of the document spelling out the terms and conditions of probation is a set-up for failure and a violation of due process. A probation violation must be willful and knowing, or the defendant is not guilty!
Every probation violation is defendable!
Every violation of probation in Wayne County is defendable in some way. There are many defenses that can result in a complete dismissal of all charges, including lack of intent, mistake, substantial compliance, unreliable alcohol or drug test procedure, duress or necessity, mistaken identity, and many more.
In the event that you truly violated probation and wish to avoid jail or prison, we can help you. Even in cases where probation is asking for a harsh sentence, there are many ways to defend against a recommendation for imprisonment. Our strategy usually includes being prepared to make an argument for an alternative to jail time, like therapy, a fine, continued probation, or community service. Persuading a judge to consider an alternative to jail time is not easy, and it takes a highly-skilled, effective, and experienced lawyer to make a credible and compelling argument.
Penalty for Probation Violation in Detroit and Other Courts in Wayne County
If you are convicted of violating probation for a felony or misdemeanor, the maximum penalty is the same as the maximum penalty for the original offense. For example, if you are on probation for a first offense domestic violence, OWI, or retail fraud, the maximum possible sentence is 93 days in jail. For a felony, the same rule applies. If the original charge carried a maximum possible sentence of 10 years in prison, the same maximum applies to a probation violation. Although the odds of incarceration may increase with a second or subsequent probation violation, the maximum penalty doesn’t increase.
We Can Help You Avoid Jail Time
Hiring an aggressive, reputable lawyer is paramount to staying out of jail if you have violated or are being accused of violating probation. We have successfully represented clients in Wayne County for decades, and we have an unparalleled track record of achieving extraordinary results.
We have a strong history with Wayne County judges and court staff and have had success keeping our clients out of jail after probation violations. After many years of defending and protecting clients in Wayne County, we know how to protect our clients and minimize the potentially life-altering consequences of a felony or misdemeanor probation violation.
If you are accused of a probation violation in Wayne County, call us now for a free consultation and we will find a way to help you. You can call at (248) 263-6800 or complete a Request for Assistance Form and one of our Wayne County criminal defense attorneys will promptly contact you.
Don’t be sold out by the lowest-bidder. The prosecutors in Wayne County are going to be tough; you need a lawyer who is going to be tougher.
Wayne County Courts Handling Felony and Misdemeanor Probation Violations
Frank Murphy Hall of Justice
Third Circuit Court in Wayne County
1441 St. Antoine
Detroit, MI 48226
16th District Court – Livonia
32765 5 Mile Rd, Livonia, MI 48154
17th District Court – Redford
15111 Beech Daly Rd, Redford, MI 48239
18th District Court – Westland
36675 Ford Rd, Westland, MI 48185
19th District Court – Dearborn
16077 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI 48126
20th District Court – Dearborn Heights
25637 Michigan Ave, Dearborn Heights, MI 48125
21st District Court – Garden City
6000 N Middlebelt Rd, Garden City, MI 48135
22nd District Court – Inkster
26279 Michigan Ave, Inkster, MI 48141
23rd District Court – Taylor
23365 Goddard Rd, Taylor, MI 48180
24th District Court – Allen Park
6515 Roosevelt Rd, Allen Park, MI 48101
25th District Court – Lincoln Park
1475 Cleophus, Lincoln Park, MI 48146
27th District Court – Wyandotte
2015 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte, MI 48192
28th District Court – Southgate
14720 Reaume Pkwy, Southgate, MI 48195
29th District Court – Wayne
34808 Sims Ave, Wayne, MI 48184
30th District Court – Highland Park
12050 Woodward Ave, Highland Park, MI 48203
31st District Court – Hamtramck
3401 Evaline Ave, Hamtramck, MI 48212
32A District Court – Harper Woods
19617 Harper Ave, Harper Woods, MI 48225
33rd District Court – Woodhaven
19000 Van Horn, Woodhaven, MI 48183
34th District Court – Romulus
11131 Wayne Rd, Romulus, MI 48174
35th District Court – Plymouth
660 Plymouth Rd, Plymouth, MI 48170
36th District Court – Detroit
421 Madison Ave, Detroit, MI 48226