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Can a parole officer legally violate you 3 months after a problem? with a blo n go with out eny proof that you were drinking.i do know that there is a list of things that can make it foul up..

Lawyer's Assistant: Since parole regulations vary, can you tell me what state this is in?

Washington state

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No... and I just used my credit card about 2 hours ago and asked you a question

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Yes I hope you don't charge me again

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Criminal Lawyer: Nisha Jones,
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Unfortunately yes, your PO has until the end of your term of probation/parole to enter a violation for anything that occurred during your term of probation/parole.

Once your PO does enter a violation, a violation hearing will be scheduled, and this is where the prosecutor and PO will have the burden to prove, by weight of the evidence, that a violation did in fact occur, and the judge will make a ruling and issue a penalty or sentence accordingly.

At the violation hearing you will also have an opportunity to present your own evidence, argue your defense, contradict the PO's assertions, etc.

It is advisable to hire an attorney to represent you at the violation hearing to make sure your case is adequately presented and defended.

I hope that helps!

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Even if they don't have eny proof and never took a UA?
Criminal Lawyer: Nisha Jones,
 replied 8 months ago

No, they would need some sort of evidence for filing a violation.

If it turned out it was inaccurate or insufficient evidence, then that would come up during the violation hearing and it would most likely be determined at that point that a violation did not occur.

What exactly was the basis for your alleged violation?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
I'm asking for my son not myself.. It was in August of this year it detected like it was alcohol or something when he blew into it but he was not drinking and he wasn't youA for it at the time.. I do know there are a list of things that can make that happen that you don't even have to be drinking and something can set that off
Criminal Lawyer: Nisha Jones,
 replied 8 months ago

That's correct.

The PO could decide to violate him for this, and that would be within her discretion and authority to do so; however at the violation hearing your son would have the opportunity to present his side of the situation, let the court know his legal defense, or what could have possibly triggered the false positive -- cold medicine, cologne, etc.

Even though his PO issues a violation, it is not officially considered a violation -- with a penalty -- until the judge decides on it after hearing both sides, and all the evidence, at the violation hearing.

That's also why having an attorney's representation at the hearing is very important.

I hope that helps clarify things. Let me know if you still have any questions.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
thank you ma'am for your advice I appreciate it have a good evening
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