What is an order for show cause?
If you’ve received an order for show cause, it’s critical to contact an attorney immediately. These orders are sent when a judge has concluded that you have violated a legal agreement.
For example, perhaps you have violated the terms of your probation or the conditions of a diversion program. You are then required to appear in court to address whatever violations you are believed to have committed. This is you “showing cause” as to why your probation or diversion agreement should not be revoked. Orders for show cause are almost always very time sensitive.
While revocation of probation has clear consequences, many are less aware of the ramifications of diversion revocation.
Revocation of diversion is a serious problem with severe penalties. For one, you will be convicted of the original DUI, as to enter the diversion program you had to plead guilty or no contest. Also, you will not be able to challenge any aspect of your case at this point, nor will you be able to negotiate your sentencing. You will be subject to the original DUI penalties, and typically the maximum penalties the judge can give you. Sometimes, these penalties are even increased.