Turn to an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney to Fight Charges of Federal Parole or Probation Violations
Almost every federal crime entails a time of imprisonment followed by a period of supervised release, which is similar to probation. For all intents and purposes, supervised release is similar to probation in that you will be monitored by a Federal probation officer, you will give up certain rights while on supervision, and you will be required to meet certain requirements set forth by the Court that are specific to your case in addition to those that apply to everyone on supervised release.
Most of the time, as long as you keep your P’s and Q’s straight, you won’t have any problems with a potential violation. If you make a mistake, you might face anything from a severe lecture from your Federal Probation Officer to many additional years in a federal jail, depending on the gravity of the mistake. Because you were on federal probation, you need to talk with a federal violation of supervised release attorney as soon as possible to develop a plan. You can do so by calling Chambers Law Firm at 714-760-4088.
Violating federal supervised release
When you commit a new crime or technically violate your supervised release by failing a drug test, missing a meeting with your Federal probation officer, or engaging in any other minor type of behavior that technically violates the terms of your supervised release, you have committed a violation of Federal Supervised Release.
The severity of the claimed infraction determines the sentence possibilities, as it does for any criminal charge. The following is a list of the severity levels:
- Violations of Grade A. Conduct that is a federal, state, or local offense punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding one year that is a crime of violence, a controlled substance offense, or involves possession of a firearm or destructive device or any other federal, state, or local offense punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding one year.
- Violations of Grade B. Behavior that constitutes any other federal, state, or local violation punishable by a sentence of more than one year in prison.
- Violations of Grade C. Behavior that is either a federal, state, or municipal offense punishable by a year or less in jail, or a breach of any other condition of supervision.
If your Federal criminal lawyer can persuade your probation officer that your violation is minor and not part of a pattern, that non-reporting will not pose an undue risk to a person or the general public, and that non-reporting will not violate any court directive regarding the reporting of violations, you may be able to avoid having your violation reported to a Judge at a later date.
Otherwise, you might face serious consequences. For example, if your Grade C violation is brought before a judge and you are found to have breached your supervised release, you might face a sentence ranging from 3 to 14 months, depending on your criminal history category.
Probation is required to notify a violation of this type to the Court for Grade A and Grade B offenses. If you’ve broken probation in this capacity and a finding is made, your probation will be revoked and you’ll be sentenced to prison based on the severity of the offense and your criminal history. Grade A and Grade B infractions, unlike Grade C breaches, can result in jail sentences of up to 63 months, depending on the grade of violation, criminal history category, and original underlying accusation.
Insist on the Best Available Attorney to Help You Fight These Charges
As you can see, these charges have serios consequences. We strongly recommend you contact Chambers Law Firm at 714-760-4088 right away to request your free legal consultation.