Probation is essentially an alternative to going to jail. The convicted offender is given certain rules and requirements that they’re expected to abide by instead of spending time in jail. While it is certainly a favorable option, the terms of probation can be difficult for many people to abide by.
Each person’s probation requirements are different. Most include community service, meetings with a probation officer, and avoiding the use of drugs and alcohol. The length of probation can also vary, depending on what the person was convicted of.
Because probation is ordered by the court, it must be adhered to strictly. Violating any aspect of your probation requirements can incur additional penalties and may even force you to spend time in jail. Surprisingly, many probation violations are more common than you may think.
VIOLATING PROBATION & WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU DO
Any person on probation is kept under close watch by the court. Even the smallest slip-up can damage your reputation and cause the court to lose their trust in you. Whether intentional or not, probation violations are serious offenses.
Committing any of the following acts may be considered a violation:
- Missing meetings with your probation officer
- Interacting with people you are forbidden to see
- Not paying fines or restitutions
- Traveling out of state
- Failing a drug or alcohol test
- Failing to attend a court appearance
If you do violate your probation, the court will decide the appropriate measures that should be taken. Certain circumstances may merit only a warning, while others can negate your probation and put you in jail. A revocation hearing occurs after a violation and requires a prosecutor to prove that you broke your probation requirements.
It is especially important to consult with an attorney before your hearing, as this can have an immense impact on your future. There is a lot on the line and you shouldn’t leave anything to chance. Our firm has over 40 years of combined experience and is capable of defending your rights.
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