Violation of Probation

The courts generally consider probation to be a light sentence when contrasted with jail and prison time. When probation is violated, judges and probation officers are often intolerant of the reasons and excuses and unwilling to grant further leniency.

With experienced legal help, people accused of violating probation can often succeed in having their probation reinstated and avoid incarceration. The attorneys at James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates have helped hundreds of clients manage their probation and parole violations. Have you been accused of violating your probation by:

  • Leaving a geographical area
  • Failure to report to work
  • Changing your job or home without permission
  • Failing to perform community service
  • Committing a drug or alcohol infringement
  • Failing a drug test
  • Failing to report to your probation or parole officer
  • Committing a crime or associating with a known criminal

Perhaps there was a mix-up and the drugs didn’t belong to you. Or perhaps you meant to meet with your probation officer but were understandably detained. Whatever the reason, I will work to help you avoid jail time and have your probation reinstated. My track record includes numerous successful bids for the dismissal of parole and probation violations.

Don’t appear at your probation violation hearing without experienced and committed legal help. For a free consultation regarding your case and your rights, contact my firm.


How Does a Probation Violation Occur?

Probation is a disposition that allows an offender to remain in the community instead of going to jail or state prison. A court has broad authority to impose reasonable conditions to fit each case. A judge may also order “custodial confinement,” which usually refers to home detention or inpatient drug or alcohol treatment but can also include other forms of confinement short of imprisonment.

If an offender is alleged to have violated a condition of probation, the offender is returned to court for a violation of probation hearing.

If the court finds that a violation occurred, it may revoke the probation and impose a sentence allowed by law. The court may alternately choose to continue the offender on probation subject to any additional conditions it chooses to impose.

Probation may either be probation before judgment (commonly known as “PBJ”) or probation following judgment. A court may also impose nonsupervised or supervised probation, as authorized by law. A longer term of probation may be ordered for the purpose of making restitution or for commitment to DHMH for substance abuse treatment.

Under the Health-General Article, § 8-507, a court is authorized to refer an individual to substance abuse treatment as an alternative to incarceration. A court that finds in a criminal case that a defendant has an alcohol or drug dependency may commit the defendant to a drug or alcohol treatment program. The commitment can be made as a condition of release, after conviction, or at any other time the defendant voluntarily agrees to participate in treatment.


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Finding an Attorney for Probation Violations in Baltimore, Maryland

If you face charges of violating your probation or a revocation of parole in Baltimore, Maryland, of the surrounding areas then contact the attorneys at James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates. We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case.

Our attorneys are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and operate four offices for your convenience. With offices conveniently located in Arbutus and Catonsville, Maryland we are here to help Baltimore County and surrounding communities. Call 443-709-9999 today.