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When the State alleges that you have violated the terms and conditions of your probation, you need to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately, as a probation violation could lead to serious consequences including jail. When you contact Attorney Matthew Marin, he can work with your probation officer to try and minimize the consequences you will face because of a probation violation and work out any misunderstandings.


When an individual is put on probation the court can impose a variety of conditions to which they must adhere. The State has the burden of proving that you violated the terms of your probation, by clear and convincing evidence - a lower standard than beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Rhode Island Probation Violation Defense Lawyer – (401) 228-8271

If the Judge determines that you are in violation of the terms of your probation, they can impose serious penalties on you. These penalties may include:
• Revocation of your probation
• Incarceration
• The addition of a new probation condition

There are a number of reasons why the State may move to violate an individual's probation, including:
• Failing a drug or alcohol test
• Failing to remain law-abiding
• Not keeping in contact with probation
• Failing to pay restitution, a fine, or court fee
• Not completing community service

If you face a probation violation charge, contact the Law Offices of Matthew Marin for a free initial consultation. Highly-skilled criminal defense lawyer, Matthew Marin, regularly defends individuals charged with violating the terms and conditions of their probation.

Call now to speak directly with a skilled
Rhode Island Probation Violation Defense Lawyer – (401) 228-8271

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I take my job as criminal defense attorney very seriously, and work relentlessly to achieve the very best result for my clients in and out of court. I strongly believe that a well-planned defense strategy and the assistance of an experienced and skillful criminal defense attorney can make all the difference between a criminal conviction - and a verdict of “not guilty.”

Rhode Island Probation Violation Law

§ 12-19-9 Violation of terms of probation – Notice to attorney general – Revocation or continuation of suspension.
Whenever any person who has been placed on probation pursuant to § 12-9-8 violates the terms and conditions of his or her probation as fixed by the court, the police or the probation authority shall inform the attorney general of the violation, and the attorney general shall cause the defendant to appear before the court. The court may request the division of field services to render a report relative to the conduct of the defendant, and, pending receipt of the report, may order the defendant held without bail for a period not exceeding ten (10) days, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. The court shall conduct a hearing to determine whether the defendant has violated the terms and conditions of his or her probation, at which hearing the defendant shall have the opportunity to be present and to respond. Upon a determination that the defendant has violated the terms and conditions of his or her probation the court, in open court and in the presence of the defendant, may remove the suspension and order the defendant committed on the sentence previously imposed, or on a lesser sentence, or impose a sentence if one has not been previously imposed, or may continue the suspension of a sentence previously imposed, as to the court may seem just and proper.

Rule 32(f) Revocation of Probation.
The court shall not revoke probation or revoke a suspension of sentence or the filing of a complaint except after a hearing at which the defendant shall be afforded the opportunity to be present and apprised of the grounds on which such action is proposed. The defendant may be admitted to bail pending such hearing. Prior to the hearing the State shall furnish the defendant and the court with a written statement specifying the grounds upon which action is sought under this subdivision. (As amended by the court on September 28, 1988; October 18, 1990.)


Attorney Matthew Marin defends individuals facing a Violation of Probation in Block Island, Bristol, Burrillville, Central Falls, Charlestown, Coventry, Cranston, Cumberland, East Greenwich, East Providence, Exeter, Foster, Glocester, Hopkinton, Jamestown, Johnston, Lincoln, Little Compton, Middletown, Narragansett, Newport, New Shoreham, North Kingstown, North Providence, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, Portsmouth, Providence, Richmond, Scituate, Smithfield, South Kingstown, Tiverton, Warren, Warwick, Westerly, West Greenwich, West Warwick, Woonsocket.

Attorney Marin Named A SuperLawyers Rising Star Five Consecutive Years 2014-2019

Attorney Matthew Marin has been named a Rhode Island Rising Star by SuperLawyers for 6 consecutive years from 2014 thru 2019. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in Rhode Island are selected by the Research Team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. Super Lawyers selects lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement in their practice area.

Rhode Island Member of the National College for DUI Defense

Attorney Marin is a Rhode Island General Member of the National College for DUI Defense. Members represent some of the most experienced and cutting edge DUI defense attorney's throughout the Country. Nationwide, DUI laws are extremely complex and constantly changing and the College facilitates the exchange of innovative defenses throughout the Country.