If you are convicted of an OUI, you will likely be required to serve a period of probation in addition to any other penalties such as possible jail time, fines, alcohol education programs, and more. This probation will come with a series of rigid guidelines and rules that you must follow in order to successfully complete this part of your punishment, and a failure to do so can have serious ramifications.
When you are working with an experienced OUI attorney in Massachusetts, you can be confident that you will be working with them towards the best possible outcome in your case, to begin with, and from there they will make sure that you understand the terms of your punishment and that you are able to move forward with clarity and the best possibility for success. In many cases, this means having a clear understanding of the terms of your probation, as well as an understanding of the consequences should you fail at keeping your agreement.
Contact us now to speak with an experienced legal professional about your OUI charges, conviction, probation, or anything else regarding charges of Operating Under the Influence in Massachusetts that we can work through with you. Our history of success with many clients for many different related charges will give you confidence as we move forward with your situation, and we will work together to identify the best possible outcomes given your charges and develop a roadmap of how we can work towards those outcomes together.
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What Is Probation?
Probation is a period of time where you agree to follow strict guidelines under supervision after you are found guilty of a crime. Generally, probation is offered instead of requiring the offender to remain in jail as a period of time where they are able to prove that they can follow the rule of law without being incarcerated. In some cases, we may try to reach an agreement with the Massachusetts courts where you voluntarily submit to probation in exchange for avoiding other possible penalties such as jail time, lengthy license suspensions, or in some cases, a final conviction on your criminal record.
Depending on the crime and the decision that the judge makes, your probation will come with a series of terms that are specific to you, your charges, and the types of penalties that your probation will be in place of.
What Is a Probation Violation?
There is no specific list of violations that make up every probation violation since they are specific to the charges levied against the defendant, as well as a variety of other things that are determined or considered throughout their court case. However, at the end of the case, a judge will issue the terms of the probation, and the defendant must agree that if they do not follow each of these terms, that they will be found in violation of their probation and that they will face certain consequences as a result. These consequences will also be clearly outlined in the court agreement, and will also pertain specifically to the case at hand.
Breaking a law is always a violation of probation, no matter what the law is, because it shows that the defendant is incapable of rehabilitating themselves even under supervision, and likely must face the initial punishments that they were facing during their court case. In addition to breaking laws, the violations can include skipping a meeting with a probation officer, failing to pay fines or fees associated with the crimes, failing a drug or alcohol test, or keeping company with people who you are specifically ordered to avoid.
Penalties for Violating Probation
The penalties of a probation violation are as specific as the terms of the probation itself. A person may be on probation to avoid a prison sentence, meaning that the penalties for violating their probation will be to serve the sentence, as well as other possible penalties that the judge included in the probation agreement.
In other cases, it could mean that the probation is lengthened, which means that the individual must adhere to the probationary rules for an even longer period of time than originally agreed on, or they may possibly be required to pay additional fines. In some cases, the punishment for violating the probation may mean that the defendant suffers all of the penalties of their original charges in addition to more penalties that result from the violation itself.
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When you are working with one of our trusted attorneys, you will be able to get the help you need to understand the specific terms of your probation, the possible consequences if you were to violate them, and how you can best navigate this supervised period in order to achieve the best results. We will be happy to discuss your situation and offer free advice in an initial consultation.