Judges in state and federal court impose probation for many reasons. Probation helps avoid overcrowding in jails and prisons and recognizes that locking people up for long periods of time is an ineffective sentencing approach.
When it is alleged that a person violated probation in a misdemeanor or felony case, a VOP arrest warrant can be issued. After a probation hearing, the judge can often impose a harsher sentence or punishment such as incarceration.
If the violation was not substantial or willful, then important defenses might apply.
Contact a criminal defense attorney for violation of probation cases in Washington to discuss the allegation, the attorney fees involved, defenses, and possible consequences at sentencing.
Founded in 1958, NACDL is the largest organization for criminal defense lawyers fighting to preserve fairness within America's criminal justice system. The organization has more than 10,000 direct members including criminal defense attorneys in private practice, public defenders in state or federal court, U.S. military defense counsel, law professors and judges.
WACDL works to improve the quality and administration of criminal justice in the state of Washington while assisting and educating criminal defense attorneys.