Oakland County Violation of Probation Attorney
If you are on probation to judge in Oakland County, you know that a potential violation of probation can be very serious. Where judges in other counties may be known for overlooking violations and giving second chances, Oakland county judges have a reputation for being tough and overly harsh. Although the judges and prosecutors can be hard-hitting and often heartless, the highly experienced defense team with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. has an unparalleled track record of successful defense and helping clients avoid jail or prison time. The best defense to a strong offense is an even stronger defense!
Common allegations of probation violation include:
- failed drug or alcohol test
- failure to pay fines, costs, or restitution
- missed probation meeting
- failure to complete community service or work program
- new criminal charge
- being late for appointments
- tether violations
- violations of “no contact” conditions
Possible Consequences of Probation Violation in Oakland County
The judge has broad discretion when it comes to imposing a sentence for violation of probation. Technically, he or she can sentence the violator to jail or prison up to the maximum possible sentence for the original charge. For example, a Retail Fraud First Offense probation violation can result in a sentence up to 93 days, and a felony violation of probation for a Delivery of Marijuana case can result in a prison sentence of up to 4 years. The judge can also add additional probation of up to two years on a misdemeanor and up to five years on a felony. The terms and conditions which may be ordered by the judge are numerous.
Just because the judge can order jail or prison time for a violation of probation DOES NOT mean that he has to impose incarceration. Over decades of successfully representing clients in violations of probation in Oakland County, the defense attorneys with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. have helped countless clients avoid seemingly certain sentences to jail or prison.
Defending False Allegations of Probation Violation
Probation officers, prosecutors, and victims frequently make false and exaggerated claims of probation violation. In some cases, false positives on drug or alcohol tests can result in a probation violation. In other cases, honest scheduling errors or other technical issues can result in a violation even though the “violation” was not intentional or willful. Where many lesser defense lawyers will manipulate a client into pleading guilty rather than fighting, the defense attorneys with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. will stand up and fight for you when no one else can or will. In a surprising number of cases, we can achieve outright dismissals of the violation when different lawyers would have had their clients plead guilty. If a probation officer or someone else has falsely accused you of a probation violation, you need a top criminal defense attorney to defend you and help prove your innocence.
How We can Help you with Your Probation Violation
The first step in helping you with a probation violation is keeping you out of jail and on bond while we come up with a plan to fight the violation. In those cases where there is no defense to the violation, we need to implement a plan to lessen the potential sentence that the judge may end up imposing in the case. After we get you out on bond, our team will work together to formulate a strategy to get you the best possible result. We will take the time to listen to you, consult with you, and offer you compassionate but effective advice and counsel. No matter whether you want to contest your violation or enter a plea and get a reduced sentence, we will be by your side fighting to protect you the whole way.
Defending Probation Violations
The criminal defense lawyers with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C., have been defending allegations of probation violation in Oakland County for decades. We have the experience, expertise, and know-how to get a false allegation dismissed or get a reduced sentence for a legitimate violation. You cannot afford to take chance with a bargain lawyer or general practice attorney when you are facing the possibility of losing your freedom, your job, or your family. Call us at (248) 263-6800 for a Free Consultation, and we will tell you exactly what needs to be done to get you out of any potential violation of probation sentence you are facing. Complete a Request for Assistance Form, and a seriously experienced VOP attorney will contact you immediately.