If you have been cited or arrested while already on bond or probation, it is imperative that you contact a qualified attorney as soon as possible. The consequences for an individual who is on bond or probation at the time that they are charged with a new offense are markedly different, and time is of the essence in determining how to proceed.
If you are already on bond and are charged with a new offense, here are a few things you should know:
- The State can file a Motion to Revoke Bond and attempt to have you held in jail until all of your legal proceedings are concluded
- The State can file a Motion to Increase Bond and attempt to have the amount of bond you must pay drastically increased
- Your bond conditions can be modified or altered
- The new charges WILL affect the charges that you are already on bond for
There are many other possibilities and considerations. Your attorney will need the skills and experience to be able to handle all of your cases simultaneously.
If you are already on probation (supervised or unsupervised) and are charged with a new offense or a technical violation, here are a few things you should know:
- The State or a probation officer can file a Violation of Probation for incurring new charges
- The Violation of Probation is an entirely separate charge from the new offense you have been charged with
- A Violation of Probation can be issued for technical violations which are not necessarily violations of the law (for example: failure to report, failure to pay costs, etc.)
- While you have a pending Violation of Probation, you are not entitled to a bond
- You will be held in custody, and will need an experienced attorney to get you into court and work on resolving your violation
Your attorney must be able to handle the complex issues that will be presented in situations such as these. At Peterson White, our attorneys have the knowledge and experience to handle these highly technical and high stakes situations and ensure that you receive the best outcome possible.