Ocean County Probation Parole Departments are agencies that supervise court orders that are an alternative option to imprisonment in Ocean County, NJ. Probation is the most commonly imposed type of correctional supervision. This office seeks to reduce the probability that those in the program will re-offend. Separate adult and juvenile divisions of the agency exist.
Parole is a program for offenders that are being released from prison and are re-entering the local community. Offenders are paroled on a conditional basis and similar to probation may potentially be revoked when the rules or conditions are violated. Each year, there are an estimated 350,000 individuals that are transferred from community-based supervision back to jails or prisons.
What are the Common Conditions of Probation?
- Those on probation will have a schedule when they will regularly visit their probation officer
- Probation officers may also visit offenders in their homes
- Emphasis is usually placed on abstaining from drug and alcohol and the offender is likely to be ordered to submit to drug testing
- Offenders may be required to participate in a drug or alcohol assessment and possibly to attend treatment programs
- A monthly probation fee of approximately $25 must be paid in addition to any fines imposed or restitution that is ordered
- The individual is expected to be employed or otherwise participating in educational or vocational training
- There may a required number of community service hours
Violations of Probation
Failing to comply with the established rules or conditions of probation can result in adverse consequences. Those who are arrested on new criminal charges are among those most likely to have their probation revoked. If a member of law enforcement or a probation officer has reason to believe that a violation has occurred; the offender may be placed under arrest.
A summons may be received that require the individual to make a court appearance or an arrest warrant may be issued. The offender may be arrested without a warrant and placed in custody. They may be held without bail until their court appearance. A judge is responsible for hearing cases involving possible violations of probation.
In criminal proceedings, the evidence must show that the offense was committed by a standard of “beyond a reasonable doubt.” Hearings for probation violations employ a lesser “by a preponderance of the evidence” standard in determining whether a violation occurred. Violators may have additional conditions or requirements added to their probation. The probation may also be revoked and the offender could face re-sentencing for the original charges. Failing to satisfy financial obligations alone will rarely lead to revocation; however, it is possible for offenders that demonstrate willful noncompliance.
Do I Need Legal Representation for a Probation Violation Hearing?
Defendants actively on probation that have been arrested or been issued a summons to face allegations of violating their probation should promptly speak with an experienced attorney. Courts do not take these matters lightly and having seasoned defense counsel is critical.
Legal Representation for Probation Violations in New Jersey
Have you recently been arrested and charged with a criminal offense while still on probation? Joseph D. Lento is an established criminal defense lawyer with an excellent track record of aggressive representation for clients facing these challenging circumstances. We encourage you to promptly contact the office today at (888) 535-3686.