Federal Supervised Release Violations Attorneys
Providing experienced assistance to individuals accused of supervised release violations
Following a term of federal incarceration, you will likely be placed on supervised release, which is like probation or parole in the state criminal system. Supervised release often requires strict monitoring and compliance for a period of three to five years, depending on the circumstances of your particular case. During this time, you will be expected to report regularly to a federal probation officer who will be responsible for implementing the particular conditions to which you must adhere and monitoring your behavior for a violation of those conditions.
If you successfully complete your supervised release, you will no longer be under watch by the United States Probation Office. Violations of your supervised release conditions, however minor, can result in serious consequences and even a return to prison. If you have been accused of violating your conditions, you should immediately consult with a skilled supervised release violations attorney.
Criminal defense lawyers Felice Duffy and Paul Thomas have extensive experience with assisting with all federal criminal matters, so please call Duffy Law, LLC today at 203-946-2000 for a free consultation.
Common supervised release violations
The specific terms of your supervised release will be determined by the court with guidance from the U.S. Probation Office based on the nature and severity of the underlying offense and your current circumstances upon release. Some common conditions include maintaining a steady job or completing an educational program, not using controlled substances, attending mental health or substance abuse treatment, attending regular meetings with a parole officer, among many others. Some of the most common violations can include:
- Failing a drug or alcohol test
- Not reporting to a scheduled meeting
- Failing to report contact with any law enforcement officer, even if it is for something relatively minor, like a traffic stop
- Violating a set curfew
- Failing to pay fines or restitution ordered by the court
- Failing to report a change in residence
- Unlawful travel outside of a designated area
- Engaging in any type of unlawful activity
If you violate any terms of your release, your federal probation officer can request that a warrant for your arrest be issued. Upon your arrest, you will face the judge who will determine the consequences of your violation. Depending on the severity of the violation, a judge may enhance the conditions of your release, may extend the period of your supervised release, or may revoke your release and impose a new prison sentence.
Assisting individuals charged with a new crime while on supervised release
If your supervised release violation involves new criminal allegations, you need an experienced defense attorney who can not only address the new charges but also the separate matter of your supervised release violation. The consequences you face for this type of violation – whether it is a state or federal case – will depend on the severity of the new charge. Charges are classified as follows:
- Grade A – Crimes punishable by at least one year of imprisonment that involve violence, a controlled substance, or a firearm; or any other crime punishable by twenty years of imprisonment.
- Grade B – Any crime punishable by more than one year of imprisonment.
- Grade C – Any crime punishable by one year of imprisonment or less.
For Grade A or B violations, you will likely face another prison term regardless if any separate criminal prosecution takes place. A judge may also sentence you to prison for Grade C violations, though is not required to do so.
Discuss your situation with a Connecticut federal supervised release violations attorney today
Too many individuals on supervised release believe that an alleged violation is not a serious matter or that their probation officer will not report a violation to the court. However, many individuals return to prison because of supervised release violations, even minor ones if they occur frequently enough. Having skilled defense representation by an attorney who fully understands the federal criminal process is imperative in these situations. Attorney Paul Thomas is a former federal defender and highly-regarded attorney with over 25 years of experience defending the most challenging criminal cases. Attorney Felice Duffy holds a J.D., a Ph.D., and has worked for the United States Attorney’s office for ten years. Their extensive education and experience allow them to provide knowledgeable and rigorous federal criminal defense for individuals facing any type of allegation. Please do not hesitate to call Duffy Law, LLC at 203-946-2000 to discuss your case for free.