The freedom of individuals placed on probation, extended supervision, or parole can be taken away very easily. Individuals on supervision are required to abide by dozens of rules and are ordered around by difficult probation officers. Rule violations or disagreements with one’s probation officer can lead to probation holds. A probation hold is the first step a probation officer takes in revoking an individual and sending him back to prison.
A few different things can happen if a defendant is revoked. If a sentence was previously imposed and stayed, he will be required to serve that entire sentence. If a sentence was withheld he will face the judge for sentencing after a revocation. In extended supervision cases an administrative law judge determines how long the defendant will be sent back to prison. Parole revocations operate similarly to extended supervision revocations. Clearly, avoiding a revocation is of utmost importance.
Not all attorneys can defend you at a revocation hearing. Special rules, modifications to the rules of evidence, and detailed timetables are all a normal part of a revocation case. While similar to “standard” criminal law, defending a revocation case requires specific knowledge and experience. Our criminal law attorneys have won revocation cases and kept our clients out of jail.
We believe that hiring a criminal defense attorney to defend your revocation case should occur early. Defendants often want to wait until revocation proceedings have been initiated before hiring an attorney. In certain cases, if you wait that long, remedies like alternatives to revocation may not be available. Our defense lawyers want to reach out to your probation officer before that decision is made. If we can stop the probation officer from even initiating revocation proceedings, you don’t face the possibility of going to jail. The risk disappears and you remain free.
It’s important that you hire a skilled Milwaukee criminal defense attorney if you or a loved one is facing a parole, probation, or extended supervision revocation. Our criminal defense lawyers have successfully defended numerous probation and extended supervision cases and have kept clients from being revoked. We have also successfully negotiated alternatives to revocation and have argued for shorter revocations for our clients facing extended supervision revocation. Contact Meyer Van Severen, S.C. at (414)-270-0202 to set up a free consultation to discuss available options. Phones are answered 24/7, so call today.
For information regarding probation/extended supervision/parole revocation procedure, review this blog post.