In a Violation of Probation (VOP) hearing in Maryland, there is no right to a jury trial. The State does not need to prove you guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The judge only needs to find that it is more likely than not that you violated your probation and you could receive all of your backup time.
Even if your violations are “just technicals”, a judge could still impose part, or even all, of your backup time.
In many cases, it is possible to get a VOP dismissed or to win at a contested hearing. Even if you are clearly in violation, it is possible to get a great result by presenting the court with mitigation. You need an experienced lawyer by your side to advise you and to fight for you.
If you or are loved one has been charged with a violation of probation, give William Cooke a call today. He has extensive experience handling violations and will give you a free initial consultation to discuss the best way forward.
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