Post-Conviction Life Is Not Easy
Often, after conviction and serving their time, individuals believe that their lives will go back to normal. However, that’s not always the case. If you are on probation for a misdemeanor or felony, you can be accused of violating that probation with very little notice. Many courts only require that you be given 72 hours’ notice to prepare for a probation violation hearing. You must immediately retain an attorney if you are facing a hearing: The charges can be very serious and can result in lengthy incarceration.
What Happens At A Probation Violation Hearing?
Probation violations can include:
- Allegedly failing a drug screen
- Being arrested for a new charge
- Not reporting to your probation officer as directed or not completing the conditions of your probation
During the hearing, the probation department will report to the judge that you have violated your probation. You may be given additional conditions to complete, but more devastatingly, it could result in your probation being revoked, also known as jail time. Depending on how much time remains on your probation sentence, this could mean a lengthy jail sentence. You could also lose your first offender status, which could have serious consequences on future job opportunities.
Having an experienced attorney defending you is critical. The state only has to prove that you have violated your probation by a preponderance of the evidence, meaning the probation department does not have to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt. An attorney can help acquire more time to prepare for the hearing, speak to the probation officer and prosecutor to negotiate a recommendation to the judge, and get the court to reconsider the violation(s).
Representation That Understands The System Thoroughly
Criminal defense lawyer Lisa Wells’ former experience and training as a prosecutor enables her to know the justice system from the inside. Lisa understands what it takes to defend your case successfully.