When a recent burglary attempt in Utah failed, the criminal–also a parole violator–didn’t give up easily. He entered a private residence, startling someone inside, ran through the house and out into the backyard. Then he allegedly stole a nearby bicycle, but—not surprisingly—didn’t get too far before a police officer caught up with him.
Look Out For the Taser!
Before he could be taken into custody, the alleged thief was Tasered by the officer. The man, who was wearing an ankle monitor, was apparently also in violation of his probation because he left his home. He has been charged with burglary, escape, theft and interference with an arresting officer. These charges range from class B misdemeanors to second-degree felonies.
Keep in mind that the potential penalties for the above charges can be steep, particularly when piled on top of each other. A class B misdemeanor can cost you up to six months in jail, while a second-degree felony might have you on the wrong side of a prison cell for 1-15 years.
Probation Violation is a Crime
Probation violation can be a serious problem, too. When a person commits probation violation, the first thing that happens is a judge holds a hearing to see if the individual truly did break his probation. If the judge finds that there was a violation, then the judge can impose punishment, which could include: sentencing the person to his original prison term, extending probation—basically the judge has a great deal of latitude when it comes to probation violation.
Questions? Call a Utah Criminal Defense Attorney Right Away
If you’re concerned that your legal troubles keep multiplying and there’s no end in sight, it isn’t too late to call a Utah criminal defense attorney. You need a good defense, and it’s the right time to call in an expert. Look for a criminal defense attorney who has a winning reputation and who knows how to get the job done—for you. Make that important phone call today.