Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Probation Violations Lawyer
If you are accused of violating the terms of your probation, it’s important to contact an attorney before you call your probation officer. In many cases, probation officers are skeptical of the reasons given for probation violations and are inclined to have someone arrested and sent to jail. As a criminal defense attorney with over 45 years of experience, Barry T. Winston understands how to advocate for and defend the interests of people arrested for probation violations. If necessary, Mr. Winston uses his own investigators to gather eyewitness testimony and information in order to present the court with evidence that counterbalances claims by a probation officer or prosecutor. Depending on the specifics of your case, our office may be able to convince the court to increase your supervision in exchange for not sending you to prison or increasing your time on probation.
If you’re accused of violating the terms of your probation, don’t wait until you’re arrested or your probation officer calls — contact criminal defense attorney Barry T. Winston to schedule a confidential consultation to discuss your case today.
Violating the Terms of Your Probation
The Law Office of Barry T. Winston represents people in violation of their probation due to situations such as:
- Arrested for DWI
- Unlawful ownership of a gun
- Failing a drug or alcohol test
- Possession of drugs
- Associating with known felons
- Unsupervised or unauthorized use of a computer
- Violation of a restraining order
- Failure to notify probation officer of a change of address
- Failure to notify probation officer of your employment status
Probation Violation Hearings and the Importance of Hiring an Attorney
Judges and probation officers take a dim view of probation violations. That’s why it’s important to appear in court with an attorney who can present your side of the story and advocate on your behalf. In cases where a probation violation may not have been intentional, it’s important for the court to understand the circumstances surrounding what happened and what you’re prepared to do to prevent it in the future. In order to avoid going back to prison, it may be necessary to consent to some form of electronic monitoring, additional check-ins with your probation officer, or frequent drug and alcohol testing.
Understand Your Options — Contact the Law Office of Barry T. Winston
Even if you intentionally violated the terms of your probation, our office may be able to keep you out of jail. Even if you’re not sure whether or not you violated the terms of your probation, it’s important to understand what you’re facing and the options available to you. To schedule an appointment and discuss your case, contact probation violations lawyer Barry T. Winston today.