In the State of Rhode Island, many people are placed on probation as a result of a plea to a criminal charge.  

This occurs in District Court and Superior Court and the length and terms of probation vary on a case by case basis. 

While an individual is on probation, a violation of probation can happen.   There are several ways that a person can violate probation which results in more court appearances. 

The first is if you are a technical violator of your probation.   What that means is you were given certain conditions at the time of your sentence or as instructed by your probation officer and you did not finish or meet those conditions.  This can range from not staying in contact with your probation officer, failing drug or alcohol screens or not completing the proper counseling.   If this occurs, you will be given notice and asked to appear in court.

If this occurs, the Law Offices of Stefanie A. Murphy, LLC can help you through this process.   From starting with gathering information to appearing in court to make sure everything goes smoothly. 


You can also be a violator of your probation if you fail to keep the peace and be of good behavior.   This usually happens if the person gets arrested or charged with a new crime.   When the individual is arrested and appears in court, the probation department will file a 32f violation.   This refers to criminal court rules of procedure.   At that time, the court along with the prosecutor and your attorney will conference and decide what should happen. 

If you or a loved one is found to be in this position, it is highly recommended that you have representation.  The court is able to hold you without bail pending a violation hearing.

If a 32f is filed against you, there are several options that will have to weighed.   They range from admitting to be a violator to fighting the 32f and proceeding to a hearing, usually with witnesses.    

The Law Offices of Stefanie A. Murphy is experienced in dealing with these situations that present itself in the first court appearance and also with probation violation hearings.