If you or a loved one is charged with violating your parole, you probably have a lot of questions about what comes next. Use this article as a resource to help you get the basics answered about your next steps. Here are some answers to some of those crucial questions.
What Can Happen?
If your probation officer thinks that you may have violated your probation, the matter will go before a judge. If it is determined that you have violated, then the judge has some options. They can simply reinstate your probation with the same terms, for one. They can also alter the terms to be stricter. The worst option is if the judge revokes your probation entirely and sends you to prison.
What Happens After I Am Accused of Violating my Probation?
When you are accused, you may be arrested by police based on the information your probation officer provides. The judge will temporarily suspend your probation, meaning that you will still be bound by the terms, but the clock will not be running. During the initial court appearance the judge will ask if you admit to the violation, and potentially set up a hearing date. You may or not be offered bail. It is always best to have an attorney represent you in any court proceeding.
Could I Go To Jail While Waiting for the Hearing?
In most cases, the judge will grant bail or release a defendant on their own recognizance. However, the judge will make several considerations when deciding whether or not to grant bail. For one, they will be concerned for the safety of the public. They will also consider the safety of the victim, and the severity of the crime. They will also factor in your criminal record and whether you are likely to even appear at the probation hearing.
What If I Did Not Violate My Probation?
An accusation does not mean that you will be penalized. If you do not choose to admit to the violation, then you will have a chance to defend yourself at the hearing. An attorney can help you mount a defense and protect your rights throughout the process.
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