Understanding the terms of your probation will help you avoid a violation. Knowing what to expect when entering a plea and agreeing to go on probation and what you can and cannot do once on probation is critical for successful completion of your probationary term. There are general rules that are in place in every case, and then there are specific parameters that will apply only to you. A violation will land you back in Court, and possibly jail. Violations can be technical, or actual. A technical violation is one that concerns administrative requirements of your terms, such as failing to report to your probation officer as scheduled. An actual violation is one where a new crime is committed.
Four Probation basics that are helpful to know include the following:
- After careful negotiation with the prosecution, you agree to enter a plea to the charges in exchange for going on probation rather than spending time in jail.
- The Court reviews and approves the probation.
- You follow all the terms of the probation, including staying out of trouble and checking in with your probation officer when asked.
- Upon successful completion of the terms of your probation, you receive the benefit of the negotiation made at the start.
Common results when coming off probation are that the charges against you are either dismissed or reduced. A dismissal is beneficial because it keeps damaging convictions off your criminal record. When charges are reduced the benefit ranges depending on the type of initial charge. In DUI cases this could mean a lesser offense on your record which will help keep your insurance rates low. For help determining what terms of probation fit your case and for information on how to avoid a probation violation, call a skilled criminal defense attorney.
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.