Understanding Probation Revocation Hearings
You don’t have the same rights and protections at a probation revocation hearing that you do with your initial charges. The state doesn’t have to prove that you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt; they only have to prove their allegations against you by a preponderance of the evidence meaning that it’s “more likely than not” that you violated the terms of your initial sentence.
The risks associated with having your probation revoked are great. The judge can revoke the remaining time you have left on probation and send you to jail or prison, can add special conditions to your sentence and, if you’re under sentence as a first offender, the judge can adjudicate you as guilty and add to the length of your sentence.
It’s Important To Speak With An Attorney
Just because you aren’t on trial doesn’t mean you shouldn’t hire a lawyer for this type of a situation. Attorney Blake A. Poole has handled hundreds of probation revocations over the years. If you are being accused of violating the terms of your sentence, it is crucial that you reach out to an experienced lawyer as soon as possible. Mr. Poole can answer your questions and help you put this behind you. To schedule an initial consultation, call his office in Gainesville at 770-573-3707 today. You can also fill out his contact form online.