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Probation Violations
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Probation in Tennessee is a type of community supervision alternative to imprisonment. Probation is generally court-ordered and can be revoked by the court for any violation of the terms of probation. The court will determine the duration of your probation based on your criminal record, as well as any other factors that are relevant to your case. Andrew C. Beasley, PLLC, is an experienced probation violation lawyer who builds strategic defenses for every client.

When accused of violating the terms of your probation in Nashville, the court may place your sentence into effect or modify or continue the duration of your probation as the court determines necessary. If you violate a condition of your probation, you may face additional punishment such as incarceration or fines. Your probation violation case can be complicated, especially if you have been accused of violating your probation on several occasions. You will need a professional to protect your interests and help you avoid the most severe consequences. Contact the Nashville, Tennessee Probation Violation lawyer Andrew C. Beasley, PLLC, today for a free review of your case.

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Probation Terms

If you are being released on parole, you must understand the terms and conditions of your probation. The terms of your probation will vary depending on the crime you committed. A parole officer will be assigned to your case, ensuring you do not violate your probation. Before you are released on parole, you will need to agree to the terms and conditions of your parole. 

Your probation terms may include the following:

  • Report to probation and parole supervisors as directed
  • Find and work at suitable employment
  • Remain within a specified county, city, or state
  • Pay restitution
  • Support any legal dependents
  • Pay any fees
  • Submit to random drug or alcohol testing
  • Perform public service or community service
  • Permit the probation/parole supervisors to visit your home for observation

Probation Violation FAQs

What Is Violation Of Probation In Tennessee?

If you are on probation, it's critical to follow the terms of your probation order. If you fail to do so, you risk revoking your probation and being sent to prison. In Tennessee, failure to follow the terms of your probation can result in a violation which can lead to severe consequences. You could be facing expensive fines and jail time.

You will be permitted a hearing upon your arrest for a probation violation. If the conditions of your probation are violated, a law enforcement officer or the judge can issue an arrest warrant. Violations include:

  • Violating any other laws while on probation
  • Associating with any other persons involved with criminal activities
  • Carrying a firearm or weapon
  • Visiting a place where alcohol or controlled substances are sold
What Are Probation Hearing Proceedings?

Once your hearing is set, a sentencing judge will hear your case and determine if you did violate any of the terms or conditions. You are not entitled to a jury in a probation violation hearing. Not only can probation violation allegations from witnesses be used against you, but you can be forced to testify against yourself.

Also, in a probation hearing, the prosecuting attorney only needs to prove a violation occurred by a preponderance of the evidence, which means it was more likely than not that you violated probation. The typical evidentiary standard in criminal cases is beyond a reasonable doubt. This is why it is critical to have experienced legal counsel throughout your case.

What Are Defenses To Probation Violation?

There are ways to reduce the severity of your probation violation, as the judge will look at several factors in determining the punishment for violating probation. For example, the judge will look at if you are a first-time probation offender, if you made reasonable efforts to comply with the terms of your probation, and whether you intentionally violated the duration of your probation. Defenses to a probation violation can include innocence (you did not violate probation), or insufficient evidence to show you violated probation.

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