What happens if I violate my probation or parole in Pennsylvania? VIDEO

If you violate your probation or parole in Pennsylvania, it will depend on the nature of the violation as to what will take place. In some limited instances, your probation or parole officer may allow you to continue on probation or parole without seeking to take action against you or without seeking to start violation of probation proceedings or revocation proceedings.

In instances where a person has a new arrest, however, or if there is a serious violation, failing to report, absconding, for example, too may positive drug screens, not complying with the instructions of the probation or a parole officer to a sufficient degree, what would take place is that the parole or probation officer would often seek the person on probation or parole to go into custody by potentially lodging a detainer either by requesting them to come into the office to do so or to go out to their home to take the person into custody.

There would be a Gagnon I hearing scheduled in a certain amount of time where regrettably, Pennsylvania does not need much to find probable cause against a person to go to the Gagnon II hearing which is the violation of probation hearing. Being accused of violating probation or parole is very serious. It can impact your freedom. You can go to jail because of that. You should have an experienced Pennsylvania criminal defense attorney help you understand what's at stake so you can best understand and navigate the process.

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