Every day, New Jersey’s courts are packed with offenders who are accused of violating their probation. With a probation rate at 11 percent above the national average, the state sees its fair share of violators for a variety of reasons. While it might seem easy to think that everyone who violates their probation does so willingly and out of malice, the fact is that some “violators” find themselves in the victims of circumstances beyond their control. Without experienced and qualified legal representation, a probation violation is likely to send you straight back to prison, regardless of the infraction or the reason for committing it.
Not everyone who violates their probation intends to flout the law and ignore their responsibilities. Some of the common everyday reasons for probation violations include:
Whether it’s the inability to pay a court fine, the lack of resources needed to cover the costs of court-required school or training, or failing to secure a job, many probation violators find themselves to simply be victims of not having enough money. In many cases, an attorney can help you convince the court to grant you an extension should you have a hard time meeting the financial obligations of your probation.
These situations are more common than one might think. For example, let’s say a family member is stranded somewhere and you have to go pick them up during a time outside of the conditions of your court-appointed curfew. Once again, an attorney can help you “tell it to the judge,” so to speak. The court may weigh the circumstances of your initial offense and the gravity of your violation and decide to reinstate your release.
While not all probation violators are evil people who deserve to be sent back to jail, even the best and most plausible explanations in the world are likely to fall on deaf ears if you don’t have a qualified legal advocate to help you tell your story.
Don’t risk going back to jail. If you’re facing probation violation charges in New Jersey, John Tumelty can help. Mr. Tumelty is a former prosecutor with years of experience providing quality criminal defense to clients in New Jersey. Call today for a free consultation.