When you are on probation or parole, it is extremely important that you follow the guidelines set forth in the terms of your supervision. If you fail to do so, you might be subject to more criminal charges than your original convictions. In some cases, remembering all the terms you are given can be difficult. For one man, allegedly failing to comply with probation terms led to the Maryland State Police knocking on his door with a federal warrant for a probation violation.
The man, who was identified as a man in his 40s, was in a hotel room in Frederick. When police knocked on the door, a male in the room told them to go away. The door to the room was closed with the inner security hasp, so police were unable to open the door. The man announced that he had a gun.
Guests at the hotel were evacuated while police officers secured the perimeter. A tactical team was on the scene, and police negotiators began speaking to the man at around 11 a.m. on a Tuesday morning. The man was eventually arrested by the officers without any shots being fired.
Experiencing the police knocking on your door with a warrant is a scary experience for anyone. For someone who is already on probation or parole, the fear is increased because of the consequences of violations. It is important for anyone served with a warrant, such as this man’s probation violation warrant, to understand his or her rights and responsibilities. Seeking the advice of a criminal defense attorney might help the accused to gain understanding and build a strong defense.
Source: abc2news.com, “Man wanted in Virginia for probation violation refusing to leave Frederick hotel room” No author given, Feb. 11, 2014