When you agree to go on probation in order to avoid going to jail for a criminal charge, it is critical that you fully understand the terms of your probation. If you are not clear on what is expected it will be near impossible to follow the rules. And, if you are not following the rules you can face being charged with a probation violation as well as being punished for the origi8nal criminal charge. Some of the terms of your probation will be easily understood, but others are less clear. Make sure you know what is expected of you prior to entering any agreement by having a qualified criminal defense attorney help you.
When probationary terms are set you can count on the state giving you a list that contains the terms and conditions of probation. While every case is unique and has its own requirements, the most common requirements include:
- Timely and in person reporting to your probation officer.
- Keeping your probation officer advised of your whereabouts, which includes a requirement of notifying your officer of any new home or work address.
- Making sure pay the fines associated with your case as they become due.
Failing to do any of the above three things will lead to a violation of your probation. This will create a new charge that requires a defense and you will also face the full range of punishment for the original charge. If you are uncertain as to what you are allowed to do while on probation, ask. Your probation officer should be able to provide answers, but the best source of information is a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney. We are experienced with the different forms of probation violations and can develop a defense that works for you.
If you have been charged with a probation violation, call a competent criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast for help. We offer aggressive representation for criminal charges. Call us today to schedule an appointment.