2018 Louisiana Laws
Revised Statutes
TITLE 15 - Criminal Procedure
RS 15:571.46 - Probation

§571.46. Probation

A. The imposition or execution of sentence shall be postponed during the time defendant is participating in the job intervention program. As long as the probationer follows the conditions of his agreement, he or she shall remain on probation.

B. At the conclusion of the period of probation, the district attorney, on advice of the person providing the probationer's employment and the probation officer, may recommend that the district court take one of the following courses of action:

(1) That the probationer's probation be revoked and the probationer be sentenced because the probationer has not successfully completed the program and has violated one or more conditions of probation; or, if already sentenced, that the probation be revoked and the probationer be remanded to the appropriate custodian to serve that sentence.

(2) That the probationer's conviction be set aside and the prosecution dismissed because the probationer has successfully completed all the conditions of the probation agreement.

C. The district attorney shall make the final determination on whether to request revocation or dismissal.

D. If a probationer violates any of the conditions of his probation or appears to be performing unsatisfactorily in the assigned program, or if it appears that the probationer is not benefiting from employment, the employer, probation officer, or the district attorney may move the court for a hearing to determine if the probationer should remain in the program or whether the probation should be revoked and the probationer removed from the program and sentenced or ordered to serve any sentence previously imposed. If at the hearing the moving party can show sufficient proof that the probationer has violated any of the conditions of his probation, the probationer may be removed from the program or his probation agreement may be altered appropriately.

E. If the court finds that the probationer has violated a condition of the probation agreement and that the probationer should be removed from the probation program, then the court may revoke the probation and sentence the defendant in accordance with his or her guilty plea or, if the defendant has been sentenced and the sentence suspended, order the defendant to begin serving the sentence.

F. If a defendant who has been admitted to the probation program fails to complete the program and is thereafter sentenced to jail time for the offense, he shall be entitled to credit for the time served in any correctional facility in connection with the charge before the court.

G. At any time and for any appropriate reason, the probationer, his probation officer, the district attorney, or his employer may petition the court to reconsider, suspend, or modify its order for employment concerning that probationer.

H. The burden of proof at any hearings at which the probation may be revoked shall be the burden of proof required to revoke probation as otherwise provided by law.

Acts 2003, No. 803, §1, eff. July 1, 2003.

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