Tom Sizemore was recently released from supervision approximately a year and a half early, after the court found he did not violate the terms of his probation. Sizemore was on probation for Battery. In September, he was charged and arrested for a probation violation. The probation violation was for allegedly failing to complete community service which was part of the court order in the Battery case. Sizemore's attorney presented proof to the court that Sizemore had completed the community service, but that Sizemore's prior attorney failed to submit the proof to the court. Thereafter, the Court released Sizemore from probation and closed the case, despite the fact that he had 1 ½ years left on his probation term.
In Nevada, Battery is the.wilfull and unlawful use of force against another person. Battery is considered a violent offense as well as a crime against the person. Even simple misdemeanor Battery charges are punishable by up to six (6) months in jail, and can carry heavy fines and counseling requirements.
Probation Violations are also extremely serious and can result in the imposition of long jail sentences and/or prison terms. However, there are also numerous effective defenses to Probation Violation charges. Sometimes the probation officer is intentionally or unintentionally bias against the offender. Other times, the violation may be minor and reinstatement (a second chance) on probation is appropriate. On some occasions, the probation officer is simply wrong and the charge is dismissed.
Whatever the situation, if you or someone you care about is charged with Battery or a Probation Violation, it is important that you contact a Las Vegas Criminal Defense Attorney right away. A Las Vegas Criminal Defense Lawyer can assist you in analyzing the facts of your case, identifying appropriate defense strategies, and providing you with most aggressive defense possible to protect your legal rights.