Connect with a Local Arizona Probation Attorney for Probation Violations and Modifications
If you are accused of a probation violation, chances are you face serious consequences. In the eyes of the prosecutor probation is a luxury, in which those convicted of a criminal offense may obtain a period of court supervision as opposed to a prolonged period of incarceration. A probation attorney can help.
Under ARS §13-901, if a person who has been convicted of an offense is eligible for probation, the court may suspend the sentence and place the person on intensive supervised probation or unsupervised probation on such terms that the law requires and the court deems appropriate.Violation of this supervision will likely result in the restoration of more severe penalties associated with the original crime.
Prosecutors are historically tough against violations of probation. This is because many court systems view probation as a second chance. Violating terms of probation by failing to meet obligations required by a court of law can be considered misuse of this second chance. The penalties handed down for a probation violation may be more severe than those set for the original criminal offense.
We can connect you with an attorney to defend against probation violations
For those convicted of a criminal offense in Arizona, any opportunity for probation should be respected. While probation can be a difficult process to navigate, it is certainly better than the alternative – which may include an extended period of incarceration. For this reason, the accusation of probation violation should not be taken lightly.
Whether you are looking to modify the terms of your current probation or have been accused of violating certain aspects of your probation as specified by a court of law, consulting with a probation attorney is critical. In fact, it may just keep you out of jail.
Fortunately, AZ Criminal Defense Group can help. We connect residents of Arizona with local criminal defense attorneys in their area. Simply submit a free case review form specifying the details of your case, and a local criminal defense attorney will contact you shortly. Alternately, call (844) ATTY-NET for immediate assistance.
Additional Information on Arizona Probation
Common causes of probation violation in Arizona
There is no doubt that the terms of probation are often complicated. It is not surprising that many accusations of probation violation stem from fairly innocuous circumstances. A list of common causes of probation violations is included below. Regardless, any violation of court-mandated terms of probation can result in serious consequences including immediate incarceration.
- Testing positive for drugs or alcohol
- Failure to report to a court appointed probation office on the set date or time
- Failure to pay court mandated monetary fines, fees or restitution
- Possession of firearms in violation of terms of probation
- Failure to complete court mandated counseling or treatment programs
- Failure to properly notify the court system of a change of address
- Leaving the geographical vicinity in violation of probation terms
What happens if I violate my probation?
When considering probation violations, most court systems will entertain acceptable explanations as to why the violation occurred. The possible repercussions for violating probation vary widely, and include the following:
- Continue the current probation period with the original terms
- Continue to current probation with extended terms
- Order an intensive probation program
- Immediate incarceration
Maximum terms of probation
The maximum length of probation varies based on the classification of the original criminal offense. Guidelines for maximum terms of probation as stated in the Arizona Revised Statutes can be found below.
- Class 3 misdemeanor: up to 1 year
- Class 2 misdemeanor: up to 2 years
- Class 1 misdemeanor: up to 3 years
- Class 5/6 felony: up to 3 years
- Class 4 felony: up to 4 years
- Class 3 felony: up to 5 years
- Class 2 felony: up to 7 years