Commonwealth v. Williams

The Pennsylvania Superior Court begrudgingly vacated the defendant’s illegal sentence. The defendant pleaded guilty to various crimes and was sentenced to two years’ state intermediate punishment (“SIP”) followed by three years’ probation. Less than a year later, the defendant absconded from SIP and remained a fugitive for twenty-two months. On December 18, 2019, the section … Read more

Commonwealth v. Parson

While on probation, Parson was pulled over, arrested for possessing a gun, and charged. While a suppression motion pended, the VOP court conducted a Gagnon II hearing, overruling the defense and Commonwealth’s continuance requests. The court found him to be in technical violation of his probation for breaching the condition that he not own or … Read more

Commonwealth v. Koger

The defendant appealed following revocation of parole for his conviction of two crimes. He challenged the sufficiency of the evidence, arguing the Commonwealth did not establish the specific conditions of his parole and probation. The Pennsylvania Superior Court agreed and vacated. The Court cited 42 Pa.C.S. § 9754(b) and held that because the VOP court … Read more

Commonwealth v. Mayfield

Commonwealth v. Mayfield was a probation revocation case in which the Commonwealth declined the trial court’s order to file a probation revocation motion before the disposition of the defendant’s new criminal charges. As a result of the Commonwealth’s decision, the trial court entered an order removing the District Attorney’s Office from the case and appointing a … Read more

Commonwealth v. Giliam

On July 11, 2016, the defendant pleaded guilty to terroristic threats and was sentenced to three years of probation. On July 17, 2016, the defendant was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, and resisting arrest. On August 29, 2016, after a Daisey Kaites VOP hearing, the court ruled that the defendant had committed crimes … Read more

Commonwealth v. Hudson

#Sentencing #VOP #CourtCosts 04/16/20- In 2010, the defendant pleaded guilty to robbery and other crimes. In the sentencing order, the trial court imposed the following conditions of probation: obtain a GED; attend job training; seek and maintain employment; and pay court costs. On February 12, 2019, the defendant appeared for a fourth VOP hearing, which … Read more