If one violated probation on a domestic violence case and he has several will the judge listen to his Probation Officer? 2 Answers as of October 30, 2014

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Gregory Casale Attorney at Law
Gregory Casale Attorney at Law | Gregory Casale
That's impossible to answer. It depends on the judge, the probation officer, the nature of the violations, current and past. The judge will certainly listen but to what extent he or she adheres to the advice is wide open.
Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
Replied: 10/30/2014
Brad Bailey Law, P.C.
Brad Bailey Law, P.C. | Brad Bailey
Judges are extremely strict when it comes to domestic violence. If the VOP has domestic violence implications, they will likely listen to any recommendation by the PO involving stricter conditions and/or possible jail. If the VOP is unrelated to domestic violence, they will decide based on the seriousness/severity of the underlying violation. If it's de minimus, the judge is likely to accept any recommendation from the PO for technical violations and/or maintaining status quo and may consider overriding a P.O.'s request for stricter sanctions. "Several violations" suggest that a judge may impose increased sanctions regardless of the Probation's recommendation/position.Nonetheless, the judge will "listen" to Probation in all events.
Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
Replied: 10/30/2014
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