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Lee Ciccarelli

Lee Ciccarelli

Lee Ciccarelli is the founder and managing partner of Ciccarelli Law Offices with over two decades experience as a practicing attorney.

Joshua Tebay

Joshua Tebay

Joshua Tebay is an experienced attorney and former prosecutor licensed to practice in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Timothy Kraeer

Timothy Kraeer

Timothy Kraeer is a highly experienced traffic attorney who handles related criminal and civil matters across the state.

Ann DelCollo

Ann DelCollo

Since 1992, Ann has been advocating for her clients both in and out of tough courtrooms of Philadelphia, which has cultivated her craft.

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304 North High Street West Chester, PA 19380
Secondary Locations

These locations are available by appointment only

1515 Market St., #200 Philadelphia, PA 19102
135 East State St. Kennett Square, PA 19380
600 West Germantown Pike Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
1489 Baltimore Pike Ste 221 Springfield, PA 19064
101 Lindenwood Dr, Ste 225 Malvern, PA 19355
150 N. Radnor Chester Rd Ste. F200, Radnor, PA 19087
313 West Liberty St., Ste 341 Lancaster, PA 17603
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Violation of Probation

If you’re on probation, you’ve already sweated the possibility of a total loss of your liberty by being sent to prison. However, probation is always a delicate state, and it’s very easy to violate the terms the court laid out for you, sometimes by accident. When that happens, you’re right back where you were, worrying about whether or not you’ll be sent to prison.

If faced with the possibility of having your probation revoked, you have a right to an attorney who can fight to keep you from having to spend time being bars. An experienced lawyer can make the difference between you keeping or losing your freedom.

West Chester Probation Violation Lawyer

The team of criminal defense attorneys at Ciccarelli Law Offices will fight for you to stay out of jail so that you can keep your liberty and continue living life. A West Chester probation violation lawyer from Ciccarelli Law Offices can represent you on all matters pertaining to an alleged violation of your probation, including any detainer hearing you may face.

Having more than one lawyer and having more than one hope of how you can defend yourself against accusations of a probation violation can make a big difference in your case. We are a team with more than 40 years of experience in the West Chester area. The sooner you have our attorneys working on your case once you believe your probation officer will file and affidavit with the judge, the better, so call (610) 719-3200 today to set up a free consultation.

We are based in West Chester, and represent clients throughout the Greater Philadelphia area, including in Chester, Montgomery, Delaware and Lancaster Counties. We have offices located in Springfield, Radnor, Philadelphia, King of Prussia, Plymouth Meeting, Lancaster, Kennett Square and Malvern.

Key Issues for Probations Violations in Pennsylvania

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Technical vs. Substantive Violations

When on probation, there are a list of conditions you must meet, either set by the court or by your probation officer. There are many ways to violate these conditions. Some of the violations are considered "technical" and some are "substantive." Both can affect your probation and lead to it being revoked.

There are certain procedures you must follow involving reporting to the court or your officer, paying certain fees by certain deadlines, and timely reporting certain changes in your life involving employment and residence. If you fail to follow these procedures, then that is a technical violation.

Part of the goal of probation is to be a law-abiding citizen. If you are convicted of any type of crime during probation, then you have violated the purpose of probation. These type of violations are called substantive violations or direct violations. They can including breaking any federal or state law, any municipal ordinance or any court order, like a Protection from Abuse Order. Any time you are arrested, accused or even questioned about breaking the law, you are supposed to report the matter to your probation officer.

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Common Probation Violations

When your probation officer believes you have broken probation, he or she will file an affidavit with the court administering your probation. The court may change the terms of your probation to make it stricter or revoke the probation, meaning you will go to prison.

Every probation is different, but some common violations include if you:

  • Fail to report to your probation officer at your designated time;
  • Fail to report a change in address for your residence;
  • Fail to report that you changed jobs;
  • Leave Pennsylvania without approval from your probation officer;
  • Use alcohol or controlled substances and are tested;
  • Possess a firearm or weapon;
  • Fail to pay fines, fees, court costs or restitution;
  • Fail to complete community service requirements; or
  • Fail to attend court-ordered program, like drug or alcohol evaluation and treatment, alcohol safe driving enhanced supervision program, mental health protocol, Guardian Interlock Substance Abuse Program, anger management, fathers' group or intermediate punishment program.

The quicker a West Chester criminal defense lawyer can start working on your case, the better. Your attorney can argue that your violation was not substantial or willful.

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Detainer Hearings

A detainer is an order from the judge supervising your probation that you are not to be released on bail. It may occur if you are accused of any other crime while you are on probation. If there is a detainer against you, it may mean you have to sit in jail for the entire criminal proceeding on the new criminal matter.

The same judge who ordered the detainer must order it lifted. Your attorney can request a hearing on the matter, called a detainer hearing. Your lawyer will argue to the judge why you should be allowed out on bail and why the detainer should be lifted for you.

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Keeping Your Freedom With a West Chester Attorney's Help

Probation means constantly being on guard, lest you lose your freedom and be sent back to prison. A West Chester probation violation lawyer can help you achieve that. Our team at Ciccarelli Law Offices helps those facing probation violations throughout the Philadelphia area, including Lancaster, Media, Coatesville, Exton and Downingtown. Call us today at (610) 719-3200 for a consultation.

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