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How long does it take to get a revocation hearing for a probation violation for not completing community service in Dekalb

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The county is Dekalb County, arrest warrant was sent in to the court by the probation officer after my husband kept telling the officer that he has a compelling reason for not being able to do 8 hours a day community service when he has a disabled child and two jobs. How long will it take for him to get in front of the judge to explain the situation. He is being held in custody by Dekalb County. He has two years probation on first offenders plea and did not complete 120 hours of community service within 1 year (as per the probation office conditions not the courts). What is the possible outcomes he could receive from the revocation hearing?

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There is no set timeframe for holding a revocation hearing once a probationer has been incarcerated on a probation warrant. Dekalb Superior Court is very busy and it might take a while for this to reach a revocation calendar.

More importantly, your husband is ultimately facing revocation of his First Offender status and prison time on a resentencing. 120 hours of community service can be done in a year at the rate of 2-3 hours a week, so he must have not done community service for a while in order for the probation department to be requiring him to do 8 hours in one day/week. Therefore, his defense will be difficult and will depend largely upon convincing the judge to give him another chance. This might be accomplished by his employment status (holding down two jobs) and family circumstances. I would probably ask for his community service to be commuted into the time that he is serving right now. Then the question becomes whether he gets to keep his First Offender status. He really needs to retain counsel to help him try to keep his First Offender. An attorney will know what evidence to present (and more importantly, what not to present) in order for him to have the best chance of retaining his First Offender status. Call me if I can be of assistance.



DeKalb Probation does not let anyone do short hours...the hours they have are from 7:45 am until 3pm for a maximum of 8 hours a day. There is no way to break up the time at all. Either you do the 8 hours or not

Allen Rust Knox

Allen Rust Knox


Their reluctance to accommodate your husband's work schedule may be sufficient to convince a judge. However, you will need detailed records from his employers in order to support this argument. Judges don't typically take the word of a probationer who they believe is motivated to lie to get out of trouble. In order to get the records admitted, you will need an attorney to first make sure that they are produced for court and then to get them admitted into evidence under the rules of evidence. You need an attorney for this case. A public defender is unlikely to work on your husband's case prior to court. That means the proper records and witnesses will not be available for the hearing and you will be relying solely on your husband's testimony. If you want a proper defense prepared for your husband, you need to retain counsel. Call me if I can be of assistance: 678-334-1399.


No one can tell you exactly how long in takes to get in court in DeKalb for a revocation; a lot will depend on the Judge to whom the case is assigned. That being said if your husband does not have a lawyer, it will take longer than if he has one. As to possible outcomes, again a lot depends on the Judge; and he is looking at anything from time served to being put in prison and having his first offender revoked. Call me at 404-812-4305 if you would like to discuss the case in detail.

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