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scales of justice in court roomIf you face allegations of a probation violation in Colorado, having a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney on your side can make all the difference in achieving a fair resolution.

The Denver criminal defense lawyers at Wolf Law understand what’s at stake if you’re accused of violating probation, including jail time and other penalties. If you were arrested while on probation or otherwise charged with violating your probation terms, please call Wolf Law at 720-479-8574 for your free consultation.

Probation Violations and ‘No Bond’ Warrants

If your probation officer reports a violation to the court, the assigned judge may issue a warrant for your arrest.

Warrants for probation violations in Colorado and many other states are often issued with a “no bond” provision. This means you cannot be released from jail by posting bail until a bond amount is established by the presiding judge. It is advisable to work with an experienced attorney who can request a bond hearing and, if necessary, fight for a bond reduction.

Probation Violation Circumstances

There are many circumstances that may lead to probation violation charges, including:

  • Facing new criminal charges while on probation
  • Failure to comply with court-ordered programs (such as for alcohol or drug abuse, domestic violence, or anger management)
  • Failure to pay restitution or fines
  • Failure to report changes in address or employment
  • Failure to report to your probation officer for scheduled meetings
  • Leaving Colorado without approval from your probation officer
  • Possession of weapons or illegal substances
  • Violation of no-contact or restraining orders

Probation violations are often the result of a misunderstanding of probation conditions or technicalities related to probation orders. In some cases, probation violations may arise from personality conflicts with a probation officer.

Probation Revocation Hearings

It’s important to understand that a probation violation is a separate criminal offense from the one that led to probation. The standard of proof for a probation revocation is likewise less than the burden of proof necessary to obtain a conviction for the initial criminal act.

A probation revocation hearing is conducted by a judge, and there is no jury. Because the judge does not have to follow the same rules of evidence as in a criminal trial, it’s critical to have the representation of a skilled criminal defense attorney.

Probation Violation Consequences

Without a good lawyer who can negotiate with your probation officer or prosecuting attorney, or represent you in a revocation hearing, you could face consequences that include:

  • Additional probation terms and conditions
  • An extension of your probationary period
  • Community service
  • Fines
  • House arrest
  • Jail or prison time
  • The imposition of all or part of the original suspended sentence
  • The revocation of your probation

The Denver criminal defense attorneys at Wolf Law are dedicated to achieving just solutions for our clients, and we will work tirelessly on your behalf. If you’re confronted with probation violation charges, please contact us today to arrange a free consultation with one of our dedicated lawyers.

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In the past few years I have had the unfortunate circumstance of needing a criminal defense attorney. I cannot overstate how fortunate I was to have chosen Colleen Kelley. I can honestly say that without Colleen on my side that I would have been sentenced to significantly more time and more serious charges than were warranted in my situation.

Colleen is undoubtedly a major reason as to why I am free today and able to move on with rebuilding my life. I would without hesitation recommend Colleen to anyone who needs a criminal defense attorney.

— Matthew M.

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Jeff is not only great in the courtroom, but has a sense of caring and true passion for his profession. He takes the time to explain things with a productive attitude. I would highly recommend him and can’t thank him enough.

— Mike

Jeff Wolf was Well Worth the Investment

When you get charged with a crime it is tough to deal with, mostly because you are embarrassed and disappointed with yourself for what you have done. I was charged with theft and was very worried about what type of impact that would have on my business professional career when applying for jobs. I contacted a few lawyers but knew that Jeff was the right direction to take. He made me feel more at ease knowing that people make mistakes and that this would not effect my whole life. He was very helpful and quick to respond to any questions or concerns that I had.

During my time with Jeff he made me feel very comfortable and I knew going into everything what to expect, what to say, and how to present myself. Whether you hire a lawyer or not is your own decision. But to me what Jeff was able to provide was well worth it. I literally told him my story, how I felt and what type of outcome I was looking for on the first day. Besides showing up with him to court he did everything else and took care of everything. We were sentenced to the verdict that we were looking for and now I can move forward and put this case behind me. Thanks for all your help Jeff it was much appreciated.

— Nick

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In July of 2009 I was charged with possession of marijuana. I contacted Jeff with Wolf Law and worked with him to find my best options. Jeff was very knowledgeable, honest and professional. He worked quickly and effectively to get me a deferred sentence and ultimately seal the record of this infraction. I also had a prior charge that was many years old that was also a deferred sentence. Jeff worked to seal that record in order help maintain my privacy. I now have used this ability to change my field of work and pass a background check with no infractions visible on my record. My life is moving onward and upward due to the help that was provided by Wolf Law. Thank You Jeff!

— John

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I am writing this letter to show how much I appreciate Mr. Jeff Wolf for representing me in my DUI case. When I first visited Mr. Wolf I had all these questions of what is going to happen in the case and to myself. I did have a prior DUI in another state so this was new to me.

I received my DUI in April and finished my court in September. During this time Mr. Wolf had an open door policy if you wanted to visit or maybe answer any questions that I may have had. His personal attention to my case made me feel at ease at all my court appearances.

Mr. Wolf guided me through all the steps that were taking place around my case and all his advice paid off when the day came for my sentencing. Actually, the judge was impressed with all the steps I was doing to remedy my terrible mistake. Mr. Wolf fought hard for me and I owe him for all that he did for my family and myself. I can honestly say that I have found a gentleman that I would recommend to another or help my family with any issues.

— Brian G.

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— Zach

Jeff is a Powerhouse in the Courtroom

Jeff is truly an expert in his field. He is extremely knowledgeable and bright and it was clear throughout his management of my case that he is highly respected. He was very supportive of my desire to see my case through to trial, he was always empathetic, and he took the time to understand my personal and professional situation. He was determined to get me the best outcome with the least impact to my personal and professional life and he succeeded. We were dealing with a refusal and I have little doubt that I would not have had the same results with another attorney. Jeff is a powerhouse in the courtroom! I am beyond appreciative and would strongly recommend anyone facing challenging legal issues to seek out Jeff’s expertise.

— Jana S.

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Jeffrey Wolf handled my traffic violation in a highly professional manner, giving it the same consideration and time as a more challenging case, during a very stressful time in my life. As soon as the accident happened, he was there to offer advice and help. He went to court for me, so I would not have to take time off of work to go. His care and concern for my well-being was top-notch. Thank you so much, Jeff!

— Carol P.

Hit and Run Charges

I had multiple charges stacked against me by the CSP office for a questionable “hit and run” in my office parking lot. Jeff reviewed the video evidence and was able to get the charges reduced from 26 points against my driver’s license down to 4. He was also able to get the fines reduced to the minimum amount! Jeff was extremely knowledgeable and helped ease my fears each time we spoke and explained the whole process and what to expect along the way. Thank you, Jeff!

— Jim M.

Jeff Helped Me Feel Safe Again

I would highly recommend attorney Jeffrey Wolf. He consistently demonstrates knowledge and professionalism, both in and out of the courtroom. His expertise helped me to understand the legal process. As a victim of domestic violence, I looked to Mr. Wolf to assist me in obtaining a restraining order. His compassion combined with skill helped me to feel safe again.  I reached a positive outcome in my case and felt informed, confident, and cared for with Mr. Wolf in my corner.

— Karen