Experienced and Knowledgeable Indianapolis Criminal Defense Lawyer Skilled at Handling Probation Violations
Indiana law currently provides for two separate supervision systems that oversee individuals who have been convicted of a criminal offense. The probation system supervises individuals according to court sentences. These sentences are given in lieu of incarceration. The parole system supervises individuals who are released from jail or prison early. In the past year alone, almost 80,000 individuals were supervised by the state for adult felony and misdemeanor probation, and countless other individuals were supervised by local county Community Corrections departments as part of parole.
Probation and Community Corrections involve a whole host of requirements for compliance, such as randomized drug testing and home visits. Probation and parole can stretch on for many years, and it is often extremely difficult for participants to follow all of the onerous rules and regulations. If you were accused of violating probation or Community Corrections, you may worry that the judge will order that you be sent to county jail or state prison. To combat allegations, you need a gifted lawyer who is skilled at defending clients and assisting them with probation and Community Corrections compliance. The passionate Indianapolis criminal defense attorneys at Eskew Law, LLC have years of experience with advocating for clients in courtrooms, coordinating with probation and Community Corrections officers, and assisting clients with getting their lives back on track. To discuss your violation allegations, call us at (317) 974-0177 today.
Probation and Parole
Probation is a pre-incarceration sentence. At sentencing, a judge may sentence you to a period of incarceration but let that time hang over your head while you serve probation. This means that if you successfully complete probation, you will be finished with your sentence. However, if you violate probation, the judge may send you to jail or prison. Probation is common for misdemeanor offenses but is also used with felony convictions. When you are sentenced to probation, you report to a probation officer and must follow a set of rules. These may include:
- Weekly drug testing
- Community service
- Restitution or fines
- Drug or alcohol treatment
- Home visits
- Weekly visits with your probation officer
- Wearing an ankle monitor
- No contact orders with complainants
Parole has similar conditions as probation. However, it is overseen by local county Community Corrections offices, which are part of the Indiana Department of Corrections. If you perform well while incarcerated, you may be released early. However, you will be required to enroll in parole. You will be assigned a supervision officer who will give you a series of rules to follow, which are often similar to those assigned by probation. If you violate the Community Corrections conditions, your release may be revoked, and you may be ordered back to jail or prison.
Because most individuals on probation and parole are saddled with numerous demanding conditions and requirements, violations occur often. The most common types of violations include:
- Failing to appear for a weekly visit or drug test
- Testing positive for drugs or alcohol
- Failing to complete community service on time
- New arrest or conviction
- Absconding or leaving the jurisdiction without permission
- Checking out of rehab early
- Violating curfew
- Leaving your home while on home confinement
Fight Allegations of Probation Violations with Eskew Law, LLC
While you can be sent to jail or prison for violating probation or parole, we have successfully advocated for reinstatement or termination for many clients. We take this privilege and responsibility seriously for all of our clients throughout Indianapolis and Central Indiana. To speak with a zealous Indianapolis criminal defense attorney, call Eskew Law, LLC at (317) 974-0177.