This post begins a series on defending against probation violations in Phoenix, Arizona. I have decided to write on this topic due to the fact that many defendants err by thinking that there is “nothing they can do” when they are facing a revocation hearing. Depending on the circumstances a defendant may have several options. The goal of my coming posts is to provide information which will help a defendant to understand their choices in such situations.
I will be addressing multiple subjects over my coming articles. Issues I will look at include:
- Situations which lead to probation revocation proceedings
- The possibility of having your probation reinstated
- The possibility of defending against revocation at a court hearing
There are multiple reasons why those serving probation should understand these issues. First, it is important to understand that when you are on probation you do not enjoy the same rights as others. Your supervising officer will generally be able to search your residence or your person at anytime. You can also be ordered to undergo random drug testing. Also, you do not need to commit a new crime in order to face revocation proceedings. You may be considered in violation of probation for matters such as not informing your supervisor of your new address or missing your required check ins. Second, depending on the circumstances it may be possible to reach a deal with the prosecution in which you are put back on probation with additional requirements. Finally, just because you are facing a revocation hearing does not mean that going to prison is a “done deal.” At the end of the day it is up to the Judge to decide whether you should be given another chance and, depending on the circumstances, it may be possible to prove to a Judge that you deserve such.
If you or a loved one have been alleged with a probation violation then it is important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible. Counsel will immediately obtain all police reports, violation reports, and other documentation that is relevant to the situation. Your representative will then contact the prosecutor and begin the process of trying to reach a resolution. As a Phoenix criminal defense attorney I regularly handle such matters. Contact my office today to schedule an initial consultation. I also service Maricopa County areas such as Mesa, Glendale, Scottsdale, Chandler, and Gilbert as well as Pima County residents in Tucson.