As a state with a high percentage of its population on probation, Rhode Island laws can be strict regarding probation violations. If you’ve been charged with a probation or bail violation, it is important to protect yourself and make a strong legal defense because the repercussions could be catastrophic in your life, including fines, extended jail sentences and the lifelong reputation damage that a conviction would bring.
It is time to fight back. I am Thomas H. O’Brien. After 16 years as a criminal prosecutor, I have spent the last several years defending clients throughout Rhode Island against probation and bail violation charges and other criminal charges. I take a thorough, dedicated and aggressive approach. Because I worked as a prosecutor, I know how to fight against these cases. And because I understand the challenges you are facing, I will fight aggressively for you.
Rhode Island is well-known for having one of the highest rates of its resident on probation of any state in the nation. Recently, the state’s General Assembly studied the issue and passed laws meant to even the playing field for the many Rhode Islanders on probation.
When you or a loved one is on probation, any violation of their probationary terms or any alleged violation of the terms and conditions of probation exposes them to jail time in the amount of the probationary term. For technical violations – usually, for failure to meet counseling or restitution conditions – or substantive violations where a new charge has been filed, the accused faces potential jail time as a violator and for the consequences on the new charge.
I have handled thousands of probation and bail violation cases as a criminal prosecutor and criminal defense attorney over more than 25 years. A violation of probation or bail carries the particular stress of the potential of a jail sentence. It is imperative that you hire an attorney with specific experience in handling probation and bail violation hearings of all types.