Drug tests and probation violations were discussed in yesterday's post. One requirement of probation in Tennessee is being subject to random drug screens. Yesterday, I discussed the information required to get the evidence admitted. Usually,I just see the probation officer testifying in court that a probationer failed a drug test. No rigorous challenge is made.
A positive drug test may result in a probation violation under Tennessee law. I was in court recently in Williamson County and watched a probation violation hearing take place before my hearing. It involved a sweat patch drug test system by Alcopro. It's the first case I have seen with this drug test. The concept is that it catches the sweat then they send the patch off for testing. According to the Alcopro website, the patch undergoes a gas chromatography mass spectrometry test.
Being on probation does not mean you have it easy. A relaxed attitude can lead to intentional or unintentional violation, which can come with more severe penalties than you may think.
Probation violations occur everyday in Tennessee. Once someone goes on probation in Tennessee, they agree to follow the rules of probation. The rules of probation set out in writing what you are supposed to do while you are on probation. One of the main rules is not to get arrested on a new charge while on probation or catch a new charge.
Probation violation hearings in Rutherford County have a different twist than in most Middle Tennessee counties. Probation violation cases vary from jurisdiction. The big difference is how they are handled by the court and the district attorneys office. In Nashville probation violation hearings, it is possible to have the probation reinstated under certain circumstances. In other counties such as Sumner County,Tennessee, it is very difficult.