Being on probation comes with a lot of responsibilities. Failure to meet those obligations means being violated which could mean more probation, jail, or revocation of your probation. If revoked, the judge can re-sentence you for the original offense.The stakes are high and the burden of proof is much lower. At a probation violation hearing, the prosecutor needs to prove the violation by a preponderance of the evidence– the lowest standard there is. That means that they only have to show that it is more likely than not that you violated your probation. That means it’s easier to get convicted which means it’s easier for you to go to jail or prison.
If you believe that you have not violated your probation, you have the right to contest that violation at a hearing infront of the judge. If you have been violated on probation, it is important to have a strong and experienced advocate on your side. If you have been violated or if it looks like you might be violated, get an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side as soon as possible. A good attorney may even be able to disuede your probation officer from issuing the violation.
If you are facing a probation violation, contact Austin Legal Services, PLC today at (517) 614-1983 to speak to a Michigan probation violation attorney.
Defending probation violations throughout Michigan in the counties of Ingham, Eaton, Clinton, Jackson, Barry, Shiawassee, Lenawee, Kent, Livingston, Washtenaw in the cities of Lansing, East Lansing, Mason, Charlotte, St. Johns, Bath, Jackson, Hastings, Corunna, Brighton, Howell, Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids