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Delaware Parole & Probation

People who have been convicted of more serious crimes in Delaware face imprisonment or supervised release within the community (known as level I administrative supervision, level II probation and parole, level III intensive supervision and level IV electronic monitoring). If you are allowed to remain free on supervision or probation, you will be expected to follow certain rules. Violations put you at risk of imprisonment. If you've been accused of a probation violation, hire a parole and probation attorney immediately. Your lawyer can defend you against any violation allegations.

How is Probation Violated?

If a Delaware judge sentences you to supervision, probation or electronic monitoring, then you will be given a list of rules and requirements you must follow to remain free.

According to the Delaware Bureau of Community Corrections, someone sentenced to level I administrative supervision might have to pay a fine or make restitution to his or her victim. The offender might also have to attend a court-ordered program designed to minimize the likelihood of becoming a repeat offender. A level II offender on probation might have to also pay fines or restitution, but also meet regularly with his or her probation officer.

"[Level III] intensive supervision entails at least the equivalent of one (1) hour of supervision per day and no more than fifty-six (56) hours of supervision per week," according to the Delaware Bureau of Community Corrections. "The minimum of one (1) hour of supervision per day is achieved through direct offender contact, collateral contact, verification of each offender's activities (e.g., residence, employment, training and school), and performance with court-ordered treatment and Community Service."

If your probation officer thinks you have violated the terms of your probation, then you run the risk of being imprisoned. Your probation officer will typically have you arrested, and the court will hold a revocation hearing.

Your revocation hearing is an official legal proceeding, and you can have a parole and probation violation lawyer present to help defend you. At the conclusion of the hearing, the judge may decide to reinstate your probation or revoke it. If your probation is revoked, you may be sent to jail or prison to complete the remainder of your sentence.

Some probation violators will be sent to a Violation of Probation Center, where they face brief incarceration before being returned to the community. One such Violation of Probation Center is described as:

"...[providing] a military-style, highly regimented program of discipline, behavior modification and community service in a stark, no-frills environment. Offenders rise daily at 5 a.m. for community service or institutional assignments. Work includes maintaining their personal living space, cleaning the common areas of the facility and working in the kitchen...Time spent at [the Violation of Probation Center] gives offenders a chance to adjust their attitudes and change their behaviors so they are better able to abide by the terms of their probation once released back to the community."

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