Defendants are sometimes placed on probation as an alternative to jail. The terms of a probation sentence can vary significantly from one person to the next, especially when probation is given for an extended period of time. In order to determine if any of the conditions have been violated, individuals are sometimes asked to undergo probationary review.
A probation review hearing is similar to a court hearing, and normally takes place in front of a judge. During this time, a probation officer may testify or present certain evidence showing that an individual has violated the terms set forth by the court. He or she may then ask that certain sanctions be given, which could include jail time.
Some review hearings are held to determine if the probation should be terminated. This is normally done whenever a lengthy sentence has been given, and the defendant in question has successfully completed all the steps that are required toward rehabilitation. Review hearings for minors might be held to decide whether or not to strike an offense from the record.
The accused will be notified of the date, time and place of the hearing. Although they are not always required to attend such a hearing, doing so is often recommended, as it allows people to present evidence on their own behalf. The services of an attorney can be very helpful during a probation review hearing, and could make the difference between whether or not there is a successful outcome.