Before you agree to enter a plea in exchange for probation, it is important that you understand what going on probation means. There are some general rules that apply to most every defendant, but there are also facts unique to your case that deserves analysis. The most important thing to remember when you are on probation is that if you fail to abide by the terms, your probation might be revoked. A probation violation is a brand new criminal charge, and a brand new case for you to defend. Because violations of probation can lead to jail time, you must put on a solid defense to maintain your freedom.
Probation violations fall into certain categories. The violation may be technical, such as failing to report to your probation officer; or new. A new violation happens when a new crime is committed. In either instance you can expect the following:
- An warrant for your arrest to be issued.
- The requirement you appear before the Judge to answer as to the charges, especially if the violation is a new crime violation.
The possible punishment if you are convicted of a probation violation is jail time. To avoid being sent to prison, you have to develop a rock solid defense. This requires a thorough and careful analysis of the facts leading up to your arrest. Experienced criminal defense attorneys know which arguments to make to give you your best shot at staying out of jail. And, if you are considering accepting an offer of probation, be sure you fully understand the terms so you don’t run the risk of a violation. Our office clearly explains your probationary terms and helps ensure you follow the rules to the letter, so you can stay out of jail and continue with your everyday life.
If you have questions about probation and violations of probation, call our office for answers. Call an experienced criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. We aggressively defend you and work to maintain your driving privileges. Your first visit is a free initial consultation.