Experienced Worcester Probation Violation Lawyers Protect Your Freedom

Helping clients stay out of jail after conviction or release

If you have been convicted of a crime but managed to avoid serving jail time through a sentence of probation or if you were released from prison early on parole, do not make the mistake of thinking you are home free. Whether you’re on probation or parole, you are subject to the continued supervision of state authorities to ensure your compliance with certain conditions. If you fail to comply, you can end up back in jail. If you are facing allegations of parole or probation violations, you do have an opportunity to defend yourself in court. And our attorneys at Gould & Ettenberg, P.C. have successfully helped clients in Worcester mitigate or avoid the consequences of these infractions through compelling argument and negotiation with courts and law enforcement authorities.

Violating parole

When one is released after a period of confinement, it can be easy to get carried away. But parole from prison comes with a price, and parolees must be careful to strictly comply with the terms of their parole. This can include keeping authorities apprised of your whereabouts, checking in with parole officers, abstaining from drugs and alcohol and avoiding further legal trouble. Failure to do these things can mean returning to jail to serve the remainder of your sentence.

Probation violations

Courts frequently use probation as an alternative to incarceration for first-time offenders, nonviolent offenders and others whose cases have mitigating factors. But those fortunate enough to receive this type of disposition should understand that probation carries numerous general requirements as well as some tailored specifically to the offense and offender:

  • Attendance at treatment or therapy
  • Periodic drug and alcohol testing
  • GPS tracking
  • Remaining within a certain geographic area
  • Payment of restitution
  • Attendance of periodic meetings with probation officers
  • Avoidance of certain groups of people
  • Job search and employment requirements
  • Community service work

Violating any of these terms can result in you receiving additional probation time, stricter probation requirements or probation revocation and incarceration. Before this can happen, however, your probation officer must show in a court hearing by a preponderance of evidence that the violation occurred. An experienced criminal defense attorney can present argument and evidence on your behalf and cross-examine the state’s witnesses to help you get the most out of your hearing.

Contact a respected law firm for help with probation and parole violations

Our attorneys at Gould & Ettenberg, P.C. represent both new and existing clients in probation violation hearings in the Worcester area. Call us at 508-752-6733 or contact us online to set up a consultation with a caring and experienced attorney today. We are conveniently located in downtown Worcester with easy access to both state and federal courthouses as well as convenient parking.