Going on probation is a good way to resolve a criminal case without going to jail. Because most criminal defendants wish to stay out of jail, they quickly agree to a term of probation. But before you do so, it is critical to understand what will be expected of you while on probation. One misstep can lead to new criminal charges, a revocation of your probation, and you may end up spending more time in jail than what you originally thought. A probation violation is a serious matter with serious consequences, and we can help.
Three things every criminal defendant should know about probation include:
- The terms of probation vary from case to case and depend on the type of charges against you. Make sure you understand the terms of your probation before agreeing to enter a term, or you may find yourself unable to comply and left with few choices to resolve your case.
- Be sure to check in with your probation officer when required, a failure to do so is considered a technical violation of probation and will get you into hot water. If you are not able to keep a scheduled appointment, call and reschedule for a time that works for you.
- Most importantly, stay out of trouble! Any new arrest or charge is a violation of probation. When new charges are filed against you, your probation will be revoked and you will now have two cases to defend, as well as the charge of violating probation.
If you or a loved one has been arrested and are wondering if probation is right for you, call us to learn more. We can also help if you have been charged with violating your probation. Our team of knowledgeable probation violation and criminal defense attorneys have experience with a wide variety of criminal cases which includes knowing what to do when probation is an issue. Contact us today for more information.
If you have questions about probation and probation violations, call a competent criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast for help. Call us to schedule an appointment.