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Parole & Probation Violation Lawyers in Easton, Pennsylvania

Lehigh Valley Probation & Parole Violations

Parole & Probation Violation Lawyers in Easton, Bethlehem & Allentown.

Parole and Probation Violation Defense in Northampton and Lehigh County, Pennsylvania

Our Lehigh Valley Probation and Parole Violation Attorneys represents defendants in both Gagnon I and Gagnon II hearings.  In many cases the consequences of a parole or probation violation can be more serious that the original conviction for the underlying charge.

Historically probation violations often resulted in sentences far outweighing the sentence originally imposed in any given case.  Fortunately there have been a number of recent changes to the law that have substantially limited the discretion of courts to impose overly harsh sentences for violations of a parole and probation.  New re-sentencing guidelines came in to effect in 2021 which are much more favorable to the accused.  Additionally, a parolee on a split sentence can no longer be resentenced under the probationary term of his or her sentence before it has begun.

Our criminal defense attorneys stay abreast of all the nuanced legal changes and have successfully represent many individuals accused of violating probation and parole.  Contact our office today for a consultation for you or your loved one.

Lehigh Valley Lawyers

Parole Violations

Sentencing Discretion is limited to, at most, requiring the defendant to serve the balance of the sentence in confinement.

Probation Violations

The court has wider discretion in sentencing probation violation and may impose a sentence longer and harsher than the original sentence.

Parole & Probation Violation Hearings

Gagnon I & Gagnon II Hearings

Gagnon I Hearings

Probable Cause Hearing

A Gagnon I hearing is essentially a probable cause hearing.  A Judge, or an official appointed by a Judge, presides over the hearing to determine if there is enough evidence for the alleged violation to proceed to the next step, a Gagnon II hearing.  While a Gagnon I hearing may lead to detention or incarceration, pending a Gagnon II hearing, there is no factual finding nor resentencing conducted at this level.

Gagnon II Hearings

Determination of Guilt & Resentencing/Recommitment

At a Gagnon II hearing a Judge must make a determination as to whether the accused willfully violation the terms of his or her supervision and, if so, must resentence or recommit the defendant.  Sentences for violations can range from “strict compliance” (essentially a warning), to restarting probation, to a term of incarceration longer than the original term of a probation imposed.  

Can I receive bail with a violation hearing pending?

Probation: Sometimes, Parole: Usually not

A defendant being held on a probation violation is entitled to bail whereas a defendant being held on a parole violation is not entitled to bail.  In practice Lehigh County often honors a defendant’s right to bail and Northampton County often makes bailing out much more difficult.  Our attorneys have achieved bail for our clients in both Lehigh and Northampton Counties.

Let us help you!

If you need any legal assistance in the Lehigh Valley, please feel free to contact us.  Our Easton Law Office will get back to you within one business day.  Or, just call us now.

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