Ohio Probation Violation
Being accused of a probation violation is a very serious matter that can cause you to lose your freedom. What can be just as scary is the fact that allegations of probation violations can easily be brought against you by probation officers or law enforcement authorities who have any suspicion that you may have violated the terms of your probation. In such cases, having the skilled Ohio probation violation attorneys at Wright & Schulte LLC on your side will be critical to achieving the best possible resolution to these accusations. In addition to our comprehensive knowledge of Ohio probation law, our fierce litigating skills and unflinching dedication to our Clients allow our Ohio probation violation lawyers to provide each of our Clients with the strongest possible defense so they can more forward with their lives.
Ohio Probation Laws and Probation Violation Hearings
Probation is a court-ordered form of community supervision in which an individual is granted freedom instead of jail or prison time in exchange for adhering to the specific rules and requirement, which typically include some combination of the following:
- Regularly meeting with a probation officer
- Submitting to random drug tests and/or home visits by the probation officer
- Obeying all laws
- Staying within the confines of a specific city, county or state
- Performing court-ordered community service and/or attending counseling (such as anger management or addiction counseling)
- Paying court fees, court-ordered restitution and/or child support
- Avoiding people associated with criminal activities and/or locations where alcohol is sold
When you are accused of violating any such terms of your probation, Ohio law dictates that a hearing must take place to evaluate whether, in fact, the violation did occur. Unlike matters of trial proceedings, there will not be a jury present during probation violation hearings, and the prosecution does not have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you violated your probation. Instead, the prosecution only needs to prove that it is more likely that you violated the terms of your probation than followed them. (source: http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/2951) For example, if you are arrested outside of a bar for alleged public intoxication, the prosecution can argue that, due to your location, appearance and possibly your blood alcohol level, it is likely that you violated the terms of probation and that it should, therefore, be revoked.
Should the judge decide that you violated your probation, he can revoke it, force you to serve the maximum possible punishment in your case (including the maximum possible prison sentence) and/or have the determination in your case changed to a guilty verdict, which can preclude the possibility of having your record expunged or sealed in the future. Given less rigorous standards necessary to prove a probation violation, as well as the fact that the judge’s decision alone can result in the revocation of your probation and possibly imprisonment, it is vital that you have the skilled representation of the Ohio probation violation attorneys at Wright & Schulte LLC aggressively defending your rights and fervently arguing your defense.
Ohio Probation Violation Attorney Evaluations
If you or a loved one has been accused of probation violation, the Ohio probation violation lawyers at Wright & Schulte LLC strongly encourage you to secure our professional, distinguished representation. We understand how important these hearings our to your future and freedom, and we are committed to giving you the best possible defense at every stage of the process. Call today for a FREE consultation and receive experienced advice from an Ohio probation violation lawyer at Wright & Schulte LLC. Please fill out the online form at the right-hand side of this page or call us at (937) 435-9999.