Think You Have An Outstanding Probation Violation Warrant? How A Criminal Defense Lawyer Can Help
If you were on probation and failed to check in with your probation or violated your terms in some other way, you may have a warrant out of your arrest. If this is the situation you are in, a criminal defense lawyer may be beneficial to you. Here are a few of the ways that a criminal defense attorney can help you if you know or suspect there may be a warrant out for you due to a probation violation:
A Lawyer Can Determine If There is a Warrant
Some counties allow you to enter your personal information into their website and determine if you have any outstanding warrants. However, most counties require you to contact the sheriff's office directly to determine if you have a warrant. Many people are scared to do this because you can be arrested if you do this in person and there is one. A criminal defense attorney has access to the warrant database and can verify for sure whether there is an outstanding warrant and what it is for. This way, you don't have to wonder and worry whether there is or is not.
A Lawyer Can Arrange for Bail or a Hearing Right Away
If you are charged with a probation violation, you may be remanded into custody immediately once you come into contact with a police officer. Typically, there is no bail in these situations. And you can be held for a few days before a hearing even occurs. When you hire a criminal defense attorney, they can schedule a hearing before you are arrested. This helps increase the chances you will have bail if you are remanded to custody and/or have a reduced period behind bars because the hearing is already scheduled.
An Attorney Can Help You Avoid Jail
Often times, those in probation have had a portion of their sentence suspended pending successful completion of probation. If you fail to complete probation, you may have to serve time in jail for the suspended part of your sentence. A criminal defense attorney can make a case as to why you did not violate probation or why you should be placed back on probation, rather than having your probation ended.
Do not wait until police officers pull you over and run your license or come knocking on your door. Contact a criminal defense lawyer today and stop living in fear of going back to jail or running from the possible charges.