Unfortunately, in both the state and federal systems, parole and probation impose incredibly strict requirements on individuals who are otherwise at liberty. Most commonly, individuals are put on parole or probation at the conclusion of their criminal sentences cases, whether they accepted a guilty plea that was conditioned upon a period of probation or were convicted at trial, sentenced to jail time, and then put on “post-release supervision”.
Once on probation or parole, an individual will typically be assigned an officer who sets the terms of monitoring – this could mean curfews, drug tests, travel restrictions, and other forms of supervision. As one could imagine, due to unforeseen circumstances, it is an unfortunate reality that many individuals find themselves in technical violation of one condition or another on occasion.
Depending on the severity of the violation, a parole or probation officer may look to “violate” you and have a prosecution initiated due to your mishap. These violations can be serious and can send you back to the prison system. Following a violation, some form of hearing is typically conducted if a resolution is not reached beforehand. On the federal level, parole violations may lead to separate charges as well which may entail significant prison time.
If you have been charged with a probation or parole violation, you must hire a seasoned and aggressive defense attorney in New York, immediately. If handled properly, these violations may be dismissed or mitigated, and your sentence nominal.