Probation is an opportunity for rehabilitation and a chance to demonstrate a commitment to positive change. However, there may be instances where the terms of probation are allegedly violated, leading to a probation revocation.
In such cases, it is important to understand that contesting a probation revocation is possible. This starts with knowing your rights to defend yourself.
Understanding the basis for probation revocation
Common reasons for a probation revocation include failure to comply with probation conditions, committing new offenses or testing positive for prohibited substances. While on probation, be aware of the specific terms you must adhere to and the potential consequences of non-compliance.
Initiating the contestation process
If faced with a probation revocation, you do have the right to contest the decision. The process typically involves a hearing where both sides present evidence to determine whether the alleged violation occurred. You have the right to know of the violations and evidence against you ahead of time, ensuring a fair opportunity to respond.
Presenting a defense
Contesting a probation revocation involves presenting a strong defense against the alleged violations. This can include providing evidence to refute the claims, demonstrating compliance with probation terms and addressing any misunderstandings that may have led to the revocation. You should strive to be well-prepared for the hearing and to articulate your defense clearly.
The latest data from the National Institute of Corrections shows that there were 38,385 individuals on probation in Wisconsin in 2020. For each of these people, the possibility of probation revocation is something that keeps them feeling as if they are walking on eggshells at all times. Knowing that there is a way to defend yourself can give you peace of mind.