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State v. Hutchinson, 2020 UT App 10 (Jan. 9, 2020)

Jan 9, 2020

Citing efforts to reform probation statutes in recent years, the defendant argued the trial court lacked authority to revoke his probation.  While the legislature’s adoption of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative changed the probation landscape in 2015, district courts retain statutory authority to revoke probation and impose the original sentence in certain cases.  Because the defendant had 24 probation violations, committed new offenses while on probation, and had been given several opportunities to address his drug addiction but failed to do so, the court did not abuse its discretion in revoking probation and imposing the original sentence.