Defending Your Probation Violation in South Carolina
If you are arrested in South Carolina, depending upon the severity of the crime, and your prior record, there are options available to help you avoid prison time, including probation. Even if you plead guilty or are found guilty, you may be eligible for a probationary sentence.
Probation is ordered by the judge as an alternative to incarceration and allows you to remain in the community, thereby avoiding prison time. If you are placed on probation in South Carolina, you will be assigned a probation officer by the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services (SCDPPPS). Your probation officer will monitor your progress and ensure that you are complying with your probation requirements. If you are facing a probation violation, a South Carolina criminal defense attorney at the Strom Law Firm, LLC can help. Probation violations can stem from something as simple as a misunderstanding, but can lead to a harsh prison sentence. Do not wait until you are behind bars to contact a South Carolina criminal defense attorney to see what your best course of action is.
What Happens if I Violate My Probation in SC?
If your agent believes that you have violated the terms of your probation, your probation officer may:
- modify the terms or conditions of your probation, or
- serve you with a warrant to bring you back before the court to revoke your probationary sentence.
If you are found to be in violation of your probation you may be subject to:
- Probation Revocation (you’ll have to go prison for your originally suspended sentence)
- Probation termination
- Imprisonment up to the statutory maximum sentence for your original offense
- Extension of probation time
- Addition of special conditions for your probation
- Additional community service or fines
Probation Violation Hearings in South Carolina
If you violate the conditions of your probation, your probation officer may seek a warrant to arrest you for violating your probation. If you are arrested for a probation violation in South Carolina, you will have a hearing held before a General Sessions Court Judge. Your probation officer may ask the Court to revoke your probation and impose a period of incarceration, up to your probationary sentence. If you are arrested for violating your probation, your freedom is at stake, and the Strom Law Firm, LLC can help you protect your rights.
Whether you have failed to follow the advice of your probation agent or been arrested or convicted of another offense while on probation, contact the probation violation attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, LLC for a free consultation to discuss the facts of your case.