For many criminal defendants, the thought of going on probation is confusing. While a good number of cases are resolved in this way, there are also a large number of criminal defendants that are unable to successfully complete their probationary term. When this happens, the defendant ends up back in Court and is made to face the original charge as well as a probation violation. It can be frustrating to suddenly face multiple charges, but with a little planning probation violations can be easily avoided. We can help by negotiating terms of probation that are manageable, and giving you a thorough explanation of what is required while you are on probation.
Probation violations are either technical or actual. These are two important facts to know about probation, because either type of violation can mean your probation is revoked and the sentence for your crime immediately imposed. Understanding what actions, or inactions, are defined as either a technical or actual violation will help make things clear so you can take care to abide by the terms of your probation:
- A technical violation is a violation that most people would not consider a violation at all and include things like failing to meet with your probation officer as scheduled or failing to provide updated employment or residence information. While no crime is actually committed, these things are considered a violation of the terms of probation just the same as if you had engaged in new criminal activity.
- An actual violation is the most commonly thought of way to violate probation, and includes committing a new crime during the term of your probation. This can even include playing a minor role in a crime, such as acting as a lookout or driving the getaway car.
Because the goal of probation is to stay out of jail, it is important to know what you can and cannot do while on probation. We will explain the terms of your probation to you fully, and help you stay on track for successful completion of your probationary term. Call our office today to learn more about what to expect if you decide to accept an offer of probation.
For answers to questions about probation or probation violations, call an experienced criminal defense attorney today. Skilled criminal defense attorneys in Stuart and the Treasure Coast are here to help you reach workable solutions. Your first visit is a free initial consultation.