Probation in most states is considered a privilege, not a right. Most people
also find it to be a highly favorable alternative to prison. Therefore,
the court and law enforcement expect the individuals who are convicted
and sentenced to probation to abide by court-ordered rules. These may
include community service, limiting excessive intake of alcohol, and refraining
from using controlled substances. It may also include appearing at court
during your scheduled appearances. If you are accused of violating one
of these conditions deliberately, you could face some of the following
If the violation is the first one and is relatively minor, you will be
given a warning by your probation officer. He or she will also notify
you that a future infraction will lead to a probation hearing, which will
require you to appear in court and could result in a number of more severe
With a second violation, or if the first offense was considered severe,
your probation officer could petition the court to revoke your probation
privileges. This request will lead to a summons to court, where a judge
will decide whether or not a true violation took place. You will then
need to attend a deposition hearing, where your probation will either
be revoked, modified, or continued.
A revoked probation means your probation as you know it now will change.
For example, if you are serving more than one term concurrently, the court
could sentence you to the terms of imprisonment to be served consecutively.
On the other hand, if your probation included serving a year in jail and
you are already on lifetime probation, the court can require you to be
imprisoned for an additional term at whatever time. In other cases, a
judge may sentence you to the penalty you would have received if you had
not been sentenced to probation, which could be significantly worse.
While you can appeal such a decision, your attorney will need to prove
to the appeals court that the revocation was arbitrary and lacked sufficient
evidence. It is for this reason that hiring an
experienced Phoenix criminal defense attorney is so important. Our attorneys at Suzuki Law Offices, L.L.C. are passionate
about providing bold and compassionate legal assistance to all the people
we help. We have decades of combined legal experience to offer your case.
We also understand each case is unique. We take an individualized approach
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