When a defendant violates their probation, the court generally schedules a review hearing to have the defendant explain the reason for their violations.  That said, it is not uncommon for a judge to issue a bench warrant against the defendant without notice, and to require the defendant to appear before the judge in chains.  To avoid the highly embarrassing and costly experience of being arrested as a result of a bench warrant, issued after a probation violation, it is important that you contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible, so that hearings can be arranged and coordinated according to your schedule.

Generally speaking, there are usually reasonable explanations for the violation of a probationary requirement.  While it is obviously in the best interest of the defendant to comply with all terms of their probation, situations and circumstances do arise where a violation simply cannot be avoided.  

If you have violated your probation for any reason at all, and wish to have representation at the consequent hearing or the bench warrant recalled, contact an attorney at The Law Office of Haynes & Fuelling now.  We are generally able to have a warrant recalled with 24 hours after being retained, and will work to ensure that the judge views your circumstances reasonably and without prejudice.

When retained for a new case, our first efforts are directed toward rescheduling the client’s court date to fit the client’s scheduling needs, wherever possible.  Our legal team works hand-in-hand with court clerks across the state, and we can generally secure a new court date within 24 hours.

Once an acceptable date has been set for the hearing, we go to work investigating the prosecution’s case.  Our attorneys tirelessly scrutinize the details of the case, ensuring that the police did not overreact to the situation, that they had reliable witnesses, that no constitutional rights were violated, and so on.  If any weakness exists in the prosecution’s case, we identify them, and when found we use them to minimize the consequences of being charged criminally.

If the prosecution proves unwilling to offer a reasonable agreement - if not dismiss the case outright - we begin to prepare for trial.  Keeping the client informed of each development, we secure expert witnesses, prepare transcripts for evidence, hire private investigators, and more.  Regardless of the difficulties of the case, we present a formidable and informed defense throughout the trial process, up to and including sentencing.

Finally, if a sentence is imposed, we present the clients with all of the options which they still have available to them, from appealing the sentence to a higher court, to clearing the client's records through expungement.  We never consider a case ‘closed,’ until every avenue of defense and recovery have been exhausted.

At The Law Office of Haynes & Fuelling, we are dedicated to providing our clients inside and outside of Utah with a quality criminal defense lawyer at a competitive rate.  After more than twenty years of experience defending and prosecuting criminal law throughout the state, we guarantee effective and competent criminal defense in every case we take.  Contact us now to receive a free consultation with an experienced attorney.


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