The word “violation” is a broad term that can encompass many different types of offenses. Violation might refer to a breach of a court’s order regarding your probation or parole. Violation is also a term used to describe many traffic and other offenses, such as those against local city ordinances.
While many people think of violations as falling below felonies and misdemeanors in terms of seriousness, violations can also result in misdemeanor or even felony charges in certain circumstances. Many other violations are not considered to be crimes, yet some can still result in harsh penalties, especially those that occur in regard to probation and parole. In these cases, violations might actually be considered misdemeanors or result in the resumption of stricter punishments.
Parole and Probation Violations
After a conviction, a citizen is not subject to many of the same rights that they used to enjoy. There are limits on where you can go, who you can consort with and activities you can take part in. There are also stipulations about what your parole officer can do. For example, you may be subjected to searches, seizures, drug tests or visits from officers while you are at home or at work. If you fail to adhere to any of the above protocols set forth by the courts or requested by an officer, you might be in violation of a court’s orders.
Punishment for Violating Court Orders in Kentucky
Court order violations are typically considered misdemeanors in Kentucky. For example, a restraining or protective order violation is typically a misdemeanor, depending on the terms of the order. Misdemeanors can be punished by fines and up to a year of jail time in Kentucky.
Violations used in context of traffic laws are handled much differently than the violations mentioned above. Traffic violations include speeding, reckless driving or operating a vehicle with expired tags, for example. Most traffic violations have penalties that are considered less severe than those given for “greater” offenses like drug-related or violent crimes.
However, depending on the severity of the offense (for example, drunk driving with a child in the vehicle) or the accumulation of several traffic offenses can result in misdemeanor or felony charges.
It is important to remember that no matter what the violation you face, it is helpful to have a criminal defense attorney to represent your interests. If you are under a court order, your attorney can help you stay in compliance with the order and provide you with representation if you should be found in violation of that court order.
If you or a loved one has been accused of a violation, the Kentucky criminal defense lawyers at Dan Carman and Attorneys can help. We will investigate your case and provide you with an aggressive, skilled legal defense to mitigate the punishment you are given. Our experienced legal team represents clients across Kentucky to make sure that they are treated fairly and their cases have the best outcome possible. Contact Dan Carman and Attorneys today to learn how we can help you.