Maine Revised Statutes

§1205-C. Initial proceedings on probation violation; filing of motion; initial appearance

1.    A motion for probation revocation, which first must be approved by the prosecuting attorney, must be filed within 3 days, excluding Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, of the arrest of a probationer pursuant to section 1205.
[ 2005, c. 661, §5 (AMD); 2005, c. 661, §9 (AFF) .]
2.    The motion must set forth the facts underlying the alleged violation and, unless the person is to be afforded a probable cause hearing at the initial appearance as provided in section 1205, must be accompanied by a copy of the summons delivered to the probationer.
[ 2005, c. 661, §6 (AMD); 2005, c. 661, §9 (AFF) .]
3.    Upon receipt of a motion for revocation of probation with respect to a person arrested pursuant to section 1205 or section 1205-B, subsection 4 who is not sooner released, the court shall provide the person with an initial appearance on the revocation of probation within 5 days after the arrest, excluding Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. A copy of the motion must be furnished to the probationer prior to or at the initial appearance.
[ 2005, c. 661, §7 (AMD); 2005, c. 661, §9 (AFF) .]
4.    At the initial appearance, the court shall advise the probationer of the contents of the motion, the right to a hearing on the motion, the right to be represented by counsel at a hearing and the right to appointed counsel. If the probationer can not afford counsel, the court shall appoint counsel for the probationer. The court shall call upon the probationer to admit or deny the alleged violation. If the probationer refuses to admit or deny, a denial must be entered. In the case of a denial, the court shall set the motion for hearing and may commit the probationer, with or without bail, pending hearing. If the probationer is committed without bail pending hearing, the date of the hearing must be set no later than 45 days from the date of the initial appearance.
[ 2017, c. 214, §1 (AMD) .]
5.    In deciding whether to set bail under this section and in setting the kind and amount of that bail, the court must be guided by the standards of post-conviction bail in Title 15, section 1051, subsection 2-A. Appeal is governed by Title 15, section 1051, subsections 5 and 6. Bail set under this section is also governed by the sureties and other forms of bail provisions in Title 15, chapter 105-A, subchapter 4 and the enforcement provisions in Title 15, chapter 105-A, subchapter 5, articles 1 and 3, including the appeal provisions in Title 15, section 1099-A, subsection 2.
[ 2015, c. 436, §8 (AMD) .]
6.    Failure to comply with the time limits set forth in this section is not grounds for dismissal of a motion for probation revocation but may be grounds for the probationer's release on personal recognizance pending further proceedings.
[ 2003, c. 657, §9 (AMD) .]
1999, c. 246, §3 (NEW). 2003, c. 657, §9 (AMD). 2005, c. 661, §§5-7 (AMD). 2005, c. 661, §9 (AFF). 2015, c. 436, §8 (AMD). 2017, c. 214, §1 (AMD).