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Preparing for your probation revocation hearing

Probation can be a great alternative to jail time. It can allow you to stay close to family and friends, continue work or schooling and work on any personal struggles at the same time. Most people, if given the choice, would opt for probation over prison because of the increased privileges it offers.

However, that doesn’t mean probation is easy. While on parole, you likely have several limitations and requirements to follow in order to stay out of jail. It’s possible that you could run into a conflict over your probation.

There are a few common reasons that an officer could reprimand or arrest you while on probation, including:

  • Skipping work or therapy
  • Violating curfew
  • Traveling without permission
  • Using prohibited substances

While you might try to explain your side of the story to the officer, you might not be able to properly defend yourself until you attend a revocation hearing. This hearing allows a judge to consider your actions, evidence and possible penalties for a probation violation. Although receiving jail time is possible, you could be sentenced to follow more probation rules or pay a fine.

To prepare for your hearing, you should consult a criminal defense attorney, who can help you evaluate the situation and gather information. Together, you will read the alleged violations to get a complete picture of the argument. Evidence and witnesses can play a key role in your defense strategy, so you may have to organize information such as texts and your whereabouts at certain times.

A probation revocation hearing is not quite the same as a criminal trial, but it should be treated with the same amount of care. A good defense may make the difference in the penalties you might face after you leave the courtroom.

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