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Don’t Let a Probation Violation Take Away Your Freedom

Probation in Detroit, Michigan is a privilege that can be taken away, or revoked, at any time. It’s an opportunity for convicted criminals to avoid jail time, and it’s a privilege that allows convicted criminals to re-enter society after they have served jail time. Individuals sentenced to probation in Detroit, Michigan must always be under the supervision of a probation officer who is an employee of the Michigan Department of Corrections. This probation officer is required to seek revocation of probation before a judge if the convicted criminal on probation appears likely to regress toward criminal behavior.

Probation Violations

Generally the probation officer will ask for probation to be revoked for the following reasons:

  • Failure of a drug or alcohol test
  • Arrest for another crime
  • Missing an appointment with the probation officer
  • Failure to appear at a court scheduled appointment
  • Failure to complete a court-ordered program
  • Failure to pay fines and/or restitution
  • Failure to maintain employment or school
  • Association with other known criminals
  • A change of address with the authorization of the probation officer
  • Leaving the state without the authorization of the probation officer

If your probation officer suspects you of violating probation, contact Nessel and Kessel in Detroit, Michigan immediately because you will need a quality defense lawyer. If you are sentenced to a probation violation court hearing, the prosecutor must only demonstrate that you violated your probation terms. This makes it much easier for the judge to revoke your probation, plus a jury will not hear your case in probation violation case, only the judge will listen to your case.

Penalties for Probation Violation

If suspected of a probation violation, you may be sentenced to any of the following:

  • No further punishment: this allows the convicted criminal to continue probation without any penalties. This is the best outcome and is a result of minor infractions or technicalities.
  • Extension of the Probation: a probation officer can seek an extension of the probation for more severe violations. A judge must listen to this appeal and approve it.
  • Revocation of Probation: your probation can revoked for serious infractions, such as failing a drug test. The probation officer can request an arrest warrant and you may have to appear before a judge. Probation may be taken away or your original sentence can be reactivated.

Contact Nessel and Kessel in Detroit, Michigan for quality and compassionate legal representation that will ease your anxiety and make sure you and your family’s best interests are taken care of.  Nessel and Kessel in Detroit, Michigan will take listen to your case and give you the individual attention you deserve during these trying times.

About Nessel and Kessel

With more than two decades of experience, , Nessel & Kessel is one of Michigan’s premiere litigation firms.  Nessel & Kessel’s experience includes all Detroit, Michigan misdemeanor and felony charges, assault, auto theft, criminal sexual conduct, domestic violence, drug possession and trafficking, expungements, homicides, manslaughter, internet crimes, larcenies, home invasions, breaking and entering, probation violations, retail fraud, drunk driving, license restoration, traffic tickets, divorce, annulment and legal separations, child custody and visitation, child support and spousal support, restraining orders, personal protection orders, paternity, prenuptial and postnuptial, gay and lesbian family law issues, civil rights and constitutional violations, false imprisonment, forfeiture actions, police brutality, premises liability, wrongful arrest and wrongful death. Nessel Defense Law is located in Detroit, Michigan in the Penobscot building on the corner of Griswold and West Congress Street.

Contact Dana Nessel or Chris Kessel today at 313—556-2300 for an in-depth and confidential consultation regarding your rights

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