Probation can take a number of different forms in Arizona. You can be placed on unsupervised, supervised or intensive probation. Probation may also be conditioned by a number of different terms. Some common terms include: 1) refraining from alcohol and drug use; 2) maintaining contact with your probation officer; 3) holding regular employment; 4) completing counseling or substance abuse treatment; 5) refraining from committing other crimes. If you violate one or more of the conditions of your probation as determined by your probation officer or a prosecutor’s office, you may be facing revocation or modification of your probation.
A probation hearing may happen in various stages. The first step is a probation arraignment hearing where you will have the chance to admit or deny the allegations. If you were previously convicted of a felony, the judge may hold you without bond until you are seen by the probation court.
The standard by which a judge will review probation violations (“Preponderance of the Evidence”) is lower than the standard under which you were convicted of the crime for which you received probation (“Beyond a Reasonable Doubt”). Therefore, it is advisable to consult with an attorney about creating a solid defense or negotiating the repercussions for your violation. You have the right to tell your side of the story.
AWD LAW® has experienced attorneys to represent you through the probation violation process. We will aggressively represent you to ensure that you receive the best outcome that is legally possible.
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