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Meaning of Court Probation in Washington State

Court ProbationIn most cases, a person who is convicted of a DUI charge, will be sentenced to probation. The conditions and requirements of probation largely depend on the type of crime the defendant has committed. It can be either a misdemeanor or a felony. In case the defendant, who was sentenced to probation, is going to violate any of the conditions of his probation sentence, he or she will risk facing some harsh penalties that may include incarceration or an overall revocation of probation.

Legal Consequences of Violating Conditions of The Probation

In the event you are charged with violating the conditions of the probation, you will be eligible to be represented by a lawyer at the probation violation hearing. In a case like this, the prosecution typically has a lower burden of proof in determining that the condition of probation was violated, so you would need a qualified DUI attorney to represent you in the review hearing. A qualified as well as skillful legal attorney is crucial in alleviating the consequences of a probation violation. You can read more information about benefits of having a legal expert fighting on your side by visiting our homepage.

You will have a chance to get a free consultation, during which the Seattle DUI attorney will evaluate your case and will give you his professional opinion on how to proceed in your case.

In the event you were found guilty in violating the conditions of probation. The court will have the right to reinstate the probation on similar terms, amend the probation with some new requirements or perhaps revoke the probation in general. In case the court will decide that your court probation should be revoked there is a chance of going to the correctional facility.

The Standard Court Probation Requirements Are Divided Into Categories As Follows:

Informal (Common Misdemeanor) Probation Requirements:

  • The defendant will be obliged to pay certain fines or restitution
  • The defendant will be obliged to attend special alcohol awareness program
  • DUI defendants may have special ignition interlock device installed in their vehicles
  • The court may order therapy sessions for the defendant
  • The court may also order community work for the defendant

Formal (Felony) Probation Requirements:

  • The defendant will be supervised by his probation officer on a regular basis
  • The defendant will be obliged to remain in the state
  • The defendant will be ordered to submit regular drug tests
  • The defendant will be ordered not to interact with certain people
  • The defendant will be obliged to pay certain fines or restitution
  • The defendant will be obliged to attend special alcohol awareness program
  • DUI defendants may have special ignition interlock device installed in their vehicles
  • The court may order therapy sessions for the defendant
  • The court may also order community work for the defendant

Violating The Probation May Result From:

  • Interacting with criminal elements
  • Failing to pay all the court ordered fines
  • Failing to attend therapy sessions or treatment
  • Failing to appear in court
  • Being arrested
  • Having illegal substances (drugs) or weapons
  • Leaving the state on your own, without asking permission from the court
  • Not getting in contact with the probation officer
  • Failing drug tests

Overall, probation violation is not limited by the above-mentioned terms and conditions and in case you have failed to comply with some of the court probation orders, it is vital to get in touch with a good lawyer at the earliest opportunity.

By Pavel Kleyner

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