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In Rhode Island, probation violations are the most common way to end up in jail. Alleged violators of probation are typically denied bail and forced to wait two weeks or longer for a violation hearing. The standard at a probation violation is extremely low – a judge need only be reasonably satisfied by a preponderance of the evidence that the defendant did not keep the peace or be of good behavior. Hearsay evidence is generally allowed as is evidence seized in violation of the Fourth Amendment. In District Court, the negotiations may include home confinement, time-served or a sentence of 1 to 6 months to serve. Alleged violators of Superior Court probation are generally facing much higher sanctions. This is because, in Rhode Island, a violator of probation faces the maximum suspended time on their sentence even if nearly completed or, if they are on straight probation, the maximum sentence for that particular charge.
If you or a loved one is facing a probation violation, do not take chances with your representation. Attorney John E. MacDonald has successfully resolved probation violations for the last 20+ years. He aggressively represents his clients’ interests and ensures that they are released from incarceration as quickly as possible. It starts with a thorough investigation of the case, interviews with all potential witnesses and continues with negotiations with the prosecutor and judge. If a hearing is in the client’s interests, all steps are taken to ensure that the client is found not to be in violation of probation.
Call the Law Office of John E. MacDonald, 401.421.1440, to schedule your consultation today.
If you’re seeking an experienced Rhode Island Probation Violation Lawyer contact The Law Office of John MacDonald at (401) 421-1440 for a consultation.
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