Judge with gavelThis is the next post in my series on the handling of probation revocation cases in Peoria, Illinois. My last article discussed the possibility of having one’s probation reinstated after their supervising officer has requested a revocation hearing. It is important to understand that having your probation revoked is not a “done deal” simply because your supervisor is requesting it. It is sometimes possible to negotiate a reinstatement in exchange for additional conditions. In this article I will discuss how one should conduct themselves after having been reinstated. If you have questions then it is important to speak with a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.

The reinstatement of probation is similar to your first round of supervision. You have already been convicted of a crime and the sentence for that conviction has been suspended. Should the Court revoke your supervision then you will need to serve that sentence. You will be required to check in with your supervisor on a regular basis. You will also likely be required to take regular drug tests, to pay supervision fees, and to either hold a job or attend school. Also, for obvious reasons, you will be required to stay out of additional trouble. If you pick up another charge then you will likely be facing another revocation hearing relatively quickly.

It is also important that you understand that, while on probation, you will not enjoy the same rights and privileges as the average US citizen. Your supervising officer will have the right to enter your residence at any time to conduct an inspection. You will also not enjoy the same rights as other people against search and seizure by police officers. These are just some of the reasons why it is important to “keep your nose clean” after having your probation reinstated.

I am a Peoria criminal defense attorney and a former prosecutor. I am familiar with our local court system and I strongly believe that everyone is entitled to the most vigorous defense. Contact my office today to schedule an initial consultation. In addition to Peoria, I service the cities of Bloomington, Eureka, Galesburg, Morton, Normal, Pekin, Springfield, and Washington. I also serve the counties of Fulton, Knox, LaSalle, Marshall, Mason, McLean, Putnam, Rock Island, Schuyler, Stark, Tazewell, and Woodford. I also handle federal cases in Urbana.