New York, NY asked in Criminal Law for Pennsylvania

Q: What will happen if someone violates probation for the first time by sleeping through a 9am checkin? (in PA)

Probation is 3x/wk checkin for 3 months in PA, for second dui offense. He slept thru a morning meeting and was arrested that day, and is being held for a week until his hearing with the judge. Is this typical or do you think something additional happened?

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Jonathon Luff
Jonathon Luff
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: missing a probation check in is a violation and depending on how long you have been on probation and which judge and probation officer you have will go a long way as to what could happen to you. Also it will matter what you are on probation for. Many times a judge will tell someone that if they violate they will sentence them to jail. If this is not the case and you were just late to your check in then chances are a judge will be lenient. If you did not show up because you were late then I would suggest that you hire an attorney and turn yourself in because you are now on the run and the longer you stay on the run the worse it will be.

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