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Minnesota Probation Violation

Probation violations occur when a person doesn’t follow their probation conditions. There might have been a perfectly good reason why you violated your probation there may be a mistake, or sometimes you just screw up. All is not lost, call Carolyn can and she can help.

What Happens Next?

After you violate your probation, the state will issue a summons or warrant alleging that a violation has occurred. A summons is an order for you to appear in court at a specific date and time. With a warrant, you must go to court promptly, but call Carolyn first so that we she make sure she is there to fight for you in court.

Probation Violation Hearing

You will first have an admit or deny hearing and if the issue is not resolved at that hearing an evidentiary hearing will be scheduled where the State will have to prove the violation.  There are more factors involved than just whether the violation has occurred, so it is best to have a lawyer on your side.  The Court has to make all the necessary factors in a probation hearing and then determine between confinement, continuing your probation, other sanctions or a combination of consequences.  . The State’s burden of proof is much lower in a probation hearing verses the original conviction. Therefore, you will want an experienced lawyer to properly represent you.

Probation Violation Consequences

Penalties for probation violation can vary from prison time, local jail time, community work, sentence to service, different conditions, treatment or other programing, or sometimes you will get a second chance and be put back on probation with no sanctions.  The severity of the consequences depends on the initial crime you committed, how many times you’ve violated your probation, how serious the violation, your compliance with your probation officer, and a variety of other factors.

How a Minnesota Probation Violations Attorney Can Help

Having a criminal defense lawyer on your side to defend you can help you maneuver through this process in the best way possible. This is a very tricky situation. Let Carolyn Agin Schmidt assist you. Get in contact with her today and tell her your side of the story. She will help build your case and increase the chances of a favorable outcome. Carolyn has been a Minneapolis defense lawyer for over 26 years.


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