If you're serving a sentence of probation and have been accused of violating the conditions of your probation, you may be facing serious consequences, including the reinstatement of your prison sentence. You need an experienced attorney who will defend you against the probation violation, and help keep you out of prison.
Shreveport probation violation attorney Ebonee Norris will provide the knowledgeable and aggressive representation you need to help you preserve your freedom. Contact The Norris Law Group today by calling us at (318) 771-7000 or by reaching out to us online.
After you are convicted of a crime, the judge may decide to suspend your sentence and instead place you on probation.
When you are placed on probation following the conviction of a crime, the court orders you to follow a certain set of conditions. These probation conditions, a full list of which is provided by the Louisiana Department of Corrections, can include:
If you're charged with a probation violation, you'll most likely be taken to jail. In certain circumstances, such as a minor or financial violation of your conditions of probation, the court may simply issue a summons directing you to appear for the date of your revocation hearing.
At your revocation hearing, the state will need to prove the allegations of your probation violation. Unlike in a criminal trial where the state's burden of proof is beyond a reasonable doubt, at a probation revocation hearing the state only need to prove its allegations by a "preponderance of the evidence." This simply means that it was more likely than not that you violated the conditions of your parole.
If you are found guilty by the court of violating the conditions of your parole, you will proceed to sentencing, where the court will consider the seriousness of your violation, your history of prior violations, and other aggravating or mitigating circumstances to determine your penalty.
The penalties for violating probation are set forth in Louisiana Code of Criminal Procedure 900. If the court finds that you have violated or were about to violate a condition of your probation, it can impose one or more of the following penalties:
If you've been accused of violating the conditions of your probation, Attorney Ebonee Norris can help you protect your freedom. She will work hard to help you understand the charges against you and help you navigate the probation revocation process.
Our goal is to have your charges dropped and, if you are convicted of your charges, to minimize the penalties levied against you. Above all else, we work to help you avoid reinstatement of your prison sentence or imposition of other incarceration. If your probation requirements are too difficult to follow, leading to your violation, we can make a case for altering the requirements and dropping the charges against you. We are knowledgeable problem-solvers who will work to craft the best possible defense for your case.
When you're facing an accusation that you violated the terms of your probation, you need to act quickly to potentially avoid serious consequences. Even a seemingly minor infraction can result in the reinstatement of your prison sentence.
Contact Shreveport - Bossier City probation violation attorney Ebonee Norris, of The Norris Law Group, today, to schedule a confidential consultation to discuss your case. Call us at (318) 771-7000, or contact us online to schedule a confidential consultation today.