This morning I represented a Defendant in a GAGNON I (parole violation hearing) in the Berks County Adult Probation Office. She had been incarcerated in Berks County Prison for approximately 2 weeks after allegations emerged that she had violated provisions of her supervision for an earlier misdemeanor case in Berks County.
In this particular situation, the Client came to me upon learning that she had a warrant out for her arrest. After getting her affairs in order, which included drafting temporary custody documents so her mother could care for her children, I walked her over to the Berks County Probation and Parole Officer to turn her in. Two weeks later the GAG I took place and I was able to cite her cooperation in turning herself, her taking responsibility for her actions and the strong family support system she has on the outside. Fortunately, the hearing officer was persuaded to give her another chance and granted her freedom. This was particularly good news since often times, individuals facing probation or parole violations remain incarcerated for several months while waiting for a GAGNON II hearing in front of a Judge before they are released.
If you or a loved one is facing a probation or parole violation in Berks County PA please contact our office for a free consultation. The best thing you can do for yourself if you have a warrant out for your arrest is to contact a lawyer immediately. We can arrange a place and time to turn you into the proper authorities. If you know you are wanted by Probation and Parole, don’t delay – call us right away.