Passionate Lawyers Assist with Probation Violation Issues

Finding constructive solutions to difficult legal challenges
If your probation officer says that you’ve violated the terms of your probation, you may face some serious penalties, including jail time. To defend yourself against these charges and receive the sound legal representation you need, work with the knowledgeable Marietta criminal defense lawyers at Nicholson Phillips. We have served clients across northern Georgia for more than two decades, delivering on our promise of ethics, diligence and exceptional conduct with each case we take on. For a dedicated attorney who fights for your constitutional rights, call on our respected law firm.

What are the common probation violations?
When a court of law mandates probation as a penalty for a criminal conviction, you need to adhere to strict policies and meet regularly with a court-assigned probation officer. Some of these requirements can be confusing, and many people violate the terms of their probation without even realizing it. A criminal defense lawyer can help with these matters, helping you better understand your probation terms and represent you if face a revocation hearing.

The following are some of the most common ways individuals violate probation:

  • Missing scheduled meetings with probation officers
  • Failing drug tests if your probation terms require you to refrain from using drugs
  • Traveling out of the state or making plans to do so
  • Violating curfew requirements
  • Failing to perform required community service or drug/alcohol treatment programs
  • Associating with prohibited individuals or violating restraining orders
  • Getting arrested for another crime

Penalties for probation violation
In Georgia, there are some serious consequences for probation violations, including up to one year incarceration in a jail or prison, mandatory time served in a probation detention center (usually three to six months) and fines. You may also receive additional requirements from the court, including drug or alcohol treatment programs, anger management counseling and drug screening.

If you are accused of violating the terms of your probation, you will have the opportunity to plead your case in a hearing. Just like a typical court hearing, the prosecutor will present evidence of the violation, and you and your defense lawyer will be able to dispute this evidence, present your own evidence and call witnesses, if necessary. The decision of whether or not a violation has occurred is up to the presiding judge, and you do not have the right to a jury trial. It is possible to appeal the judge’s ruling, however.

Wrongful Death Lawyer Helps Families Seek Justice When They Lose a Loved One Due to Someone Else’s Actions

Compassionate and aggressive advocacy for the families of wrongful death victims
Wrongful death cases pertain to the loss of a loved one due to the negligent or willful act of another, including criminal behavior. Wrongful death lawyer C. Alan Nicholson in Marietta has nearly 30 years of experience providing steadfast legal support to families in these emotionally charged lawsuits. Nicholson Phillips helps family members recover Georgia wrongful death damages and other compensation for the senseless loss of their loved one.

Understanding Georgia wrongful death law
No amount of money can truly compensate families for the loss of a loved one, but Nicholson Phillips can help them move forward when they lose loved ones in fatal construction and workplace accidents and fatal car and truck accidents. We also handle cases involving medical malpractice fatalities. Our firm is often able to obtain compensation in a settlement or by verdict for death and burial expenses and emotional pain and suffering.

We help you and your family navigate the complex Georgia wrongful death statutes and laws by addressing the following issues:

Eligibility for filing a claim — Georgia law permits parties closest to the decedent to pursue wrongful death benefits, based on a hierarchy. The surviving spouse has primary rights to compensation but must share benefits equally with all children surviving the decedent. Surviving children can pursue benefits when no surviving spouse exists, followed by the parents of the decedent. In the event that none of these parties exists, the law permits the administrator of the estate to pursue benefits for anyone else who is next of kin.
Types of damages — Qualified survivors can pursue claims representing the full financial value of the life of a decedent. This includes the income anticipated over a lifetime. The court also considers the remaining family members’ diminished quality of life. Additionally, the estate administrator can pursue compensation for medical and funeral expenses and the pain and suffering experienced by the victim because of the injuries.
Time limits for filing claims — Georgia law provides varying statutes of limitations based on many circumstances. Deadlines typically range from one year to eight or more years. North Georgia individuals who believe they may have a valid claim should enlist the advice of an experienced wrongful death attorney as soon as possible to pursue the benefits they deserve before the statute of limitations runs out.