Experienced Post-Sentencing Relief

If you have been found guilty of a criminal offense and punishment has been imposed by the court, what happens if you violate the terms of your sentence or probation? What if your probation officer alleges you disobeyed an order of the court, even if you didn't?

Very likely, the state of Indiana will summon you back into court to punish you further. And the ramifications for the alleged sentencing violation can be even more serious than the punishment that was originally imposed.

Do Not Admit To Any Post-Sentencing Violations Without An Attorney

The biggest mistake a lot of defendants make when they go back into court for a sentencing violation is to admit the violation at their very first court appearance. They get intimidated by the prosecutor and the judge, and make the mistake of thinking that quickly admitting to the violation is the easiest way to get through the process unscathed.

But you are smarter than that. You know not to be lulled into admitting a violation without the guidance of a lawyer. At The Law Office of John Stephen Alt, I have the experience and tough as nails attitude to challenge alleged post-sentencing violations. I am committed to analyzing the evidence against you, and work tirelessly to get the violation dismissed outright or the threatened consequences reduced to a more manageable level.

Helping Clients With A Variety Of Post-Sentencing Issues

At The Law Office of John Stephen Alt, Indianapolis, I aggressively represent clients' interests in a multitude of post-sentencing matters, including:

  • Probation violations — Judges take probation violations very seriously. If the probation department has filed a violation notice with the court, the judge may issue a warrant or an order to appear for a probation violation hearing. If a probation violation has been filed against you, it is very important that you have excellent legal representation. Attorney Alt has personally been involved in thousands of probation violation hearings. He will work with you and your probation officer on a plan to bring your probation into compliance and advocate that the judge continue your probation without additional sanctions.
  • Community corrections violations — The courts take community corrections violations extremely seriously. Work release, GPS and home detention violations can result in immediate incarceration. If you are in violation of your community corrections, it is imperative you immediately contact an attorney.
  • Sentence modifications — The most common sentence modification is a change of placement. For instance, an individual incarcerated in the Indiana Department of Correction may petition the trial judge to allow them to serve the remainder of their sentence at community corrections work release or home detention. Importantly, some offenses are not eligible for modification and defendants who have a history of institutional misconduct are often wasting the court's time in seeking a modification. On the other hand, if an individual has productively used their Department of Correction time to improve themselves and if they have a well-thought-out plan for success, they have a better chance of obtaining a sentence modification. Attorney Alt has the necessary knowledge and experience in these matters, and knows when a motion for modification can result in an immediate change of placement.
  • Expungements — A criminal record can destroy one's life. A youthful mistake can turn into a lifetime of denied job opportunities because of having to "check the box." A criminal conviction can affect one's housing, eligibility for government benefits and educational financial aid. In recent years, Indiana has passed laws making more individuals eligible for an expungement. However, not all offenses are eligible for expungement and waiting periods apply. Attorney Alt will help you navigate the complexities of the expungement law.

Contact The Law Office of John Stephen Alt online or at 317-683-0071 for all of your post-sentencing legal needs.