Probation and Parole Violation Attorneys
Skilled, Aggressive Portland Probation Violation Lawyers
Probation is a common form of punishment upon a criminal conviction. If you are on probation, you must comply with many different terms and conditions. Some of these terms may include taking and passing drug or alcohol tests, performing community service, meeting regularly with your probation officer, paying restitution and other court costs, and not possessing firearms or other weapons. Of course, you will be required to obey all laws as well. If your probation officer contends that you have violated any of the terms of your probation, you could be sentenced to prison. Parole works in much the same way. If your probation or parole officer alleges that you have violated your probation or parole, it is important to have an experienced lawyer working for you.
We are the law firm of Helzer & Cromar. Based in Beaverton, our attorneys help people throughout the greater Portland area who have been accused of violating their probation or parole.
Probation violation hearings are vastly different than criminal trials. For example, in a probation violation hearing, you do not have the right to a jury of your peers. In addition, you do not have the right to be found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Instead, the state only has to prove by a preponderance of the evidence that you violated the terms of your probation. This is much lower standard of proof.
Our goal in these situations is to convince your probation or parole officer, or if necessary the court that you are still a good candidate for probation. Our law firm will take a proactive approach to achieve this goal. We will attempt to discuss your alleged violations with your probation officer in order to limit your potential penalties. If a hearing is necessary, we will be fully prepared to present the strongest possible case on your behalf.