A lot of criminal cases are resolved by placing the defendant on probation. It sounds like a good idea, because it keeps you out of jail. But if you are not careful the benefits you thought you were going to receive can be taken away from you. A violation of probation will result in revocation of probation and new charges being filed against you. Not only will you now have to defend a violation of probation charge, but you will also have to defend the original charge that landed you on probation. This is not a desirable outcome, and if you are considering probation it is good to know what you can do to make sure you are successful…after all the only reason to enter this agreement is to see it through to the end so you get the benefit of your bargain. It would be a shame to engage in negotiations with the prosecution for favorable probation terms, only to have it unravel due to making a mistake.
Three easy ways to complete probation without any problems are:
- Be sure to check in with your probation officer, if you are required to do so. Put any appointments on any calendar you have; whether that is your smartphone, a paper calendar, or a reminder that pops up at work. Do this as soon as you know when and where you are supposed to be, so other things don’t get scheduled during these appointments.
- If you have been given community service, or ordered to go to driving or drug/alcohol school, get it done right away! You will be glad you did, when it is getting to the end of your probationary term and you have already completed many of the requirements, you will be less stressed and happy that you planned ahead.
- Pay your fines and costs on time, or make arrangements for a payment plan if you are not able to pay the entire amount up front.
When you understand the terms of your probation and make plans to complete all of the requirements you can also schedule things in your personal life. By doing this you are helping yourself to stay on track and to have a successful probation that will end as you hoped. If you have questions about what to expect during probation, or have been charged with a violation of probation, call us for answers. We know how to help.
For help with probation violations, or for answers about what it means to go on probation, call a competent criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast for help. We offer representation for a wide range of offenses, call us to schedule an appointment.