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Probation is often given in criminal cases, as an alternative to jail. In court, defendants are given a jail sentence, which is then "probated" over a period of months or years instead of being incarcerated. Defendants are expected to follow probation conditions which generally include counseling, a fine, restitution to any victims, and community service. There are also general conditions like regular reporting to a probation officer, avoiding new arrests, and avoiding the use of alcohol or drugs.
If you fail to meet probation's requirements or violate its terms, your probation officer is likely to file a Motion to Revoke Probation and issue a new arrest warrant. This is the point where you should speak with a New Orleans Probation Revocation Defense Attorney. If you are found in violation, the probation can be revoked and you could then be sentenced to the original jail sentence that was earlier probated. If you have picked up a new charge, or violated your probation terms in some other way, please contact a New Orleans Probation Violations Attorney. We can begin working to clear the warrant, and act as your advocate between probation and the judge to try to save your probation.
If you are on felony probation, have successfully fulfilled all the terms and conditions of your probation, and have served out at least one year of your probationary period, you may be eligible for early termination of your probation. If you are on misdemeanor probation and you have successfully completed all the terms of your probation, you could be eligible for early termination of probation at any time during the probation term.
Elizabeth B. Carpenter, a New Orleans Probation Defense Attorney, can help you win an early termination of your probation. She understands what most judges find persuasive in these cases and knows how to present the best case for early termination of your probation.
There are many reasons to consider pursuing early termination of your probation. The most important is that this can be the first step leading to a petition to have your record expunged.
A Louisiana prisoner's chance of winning parole averages about 1 in 5 and the chance for a parole rehearing is 1 in 10. If your loved one is coming up for a first parole hearing, a New Orleans Parole Attorney can help increase the chances of winning. Attorney Elizabeth B. Carpenter helps Louisiana inmates prepare for Parole Hearings. Don’t take a chance on your loved one’s freedom. A loss will result in many more years of incarceration. If the inmate is denied on the first parole hearing, there are no further automatic parole hearings. To make the best of the opportunity for your loved one’s freedom at the initial parole hearing or achieve a better chance of getting a second parole hearing, a competent New Orleans Parole Attorney is essential.
Being on parole is a lot like probation. You are supervised by a parole officer and have rules and restrictions to follow, some of which can be quite a burden. A violation of any parole condition can result in the parole officer seeking revocation of your parole. After a parole violation, a warrant for your arrest will be issued. Once arrested, you will be held without bond through the parole revocation process. Early contact with a New Orleans Parole Revocation Attorney will increase your chances of preserving your freedom. Generally speaking, the deck will be stacked up against you at the parole violation hearing. The rules of evidence are relaxed so more gets in, and the burden of proof to find a violation is low. A loss at a parole revocation hearing will result in a return to prison to serve out the rest of your sentence. Contact an experienced New Orleans parole revocation attorney for a consultation. You need someone on the outside to fight for you. It is impossible to build your defense while you are in jail.