The agreement to go on probation requires you to follow all of the rules and conditions of your probation. If you make a mistake, it is not enough to say you did not understand what was required of you. Your responsibility is to know what is expected, and how to do the things you are required to do while on probation. Some of the requirements are obvious, like the requirement to stay out of trouble and not get any new tickets or arrests.
The top three violations of probation, aside from committing a new crime and what you can do to avoid a violation, are:
- Forgetting to pay your fines and court costs. If you are experiencing financial problems that prevent you from making the payments, it is never a good idea to ignore the problem. Sticking your head in the sand will not solve anything, and will get you in more trouble and possibly end with a revocation of your probation. Rather than take this approach, call your attorney so arrangements for payment can be made.
- Failing to participate in a court ordered program, such as drug and/or alcohol rehab or driving school. These types of programs are usually part of the probation for a DUI case, and it can be helpful to complete the course as soon as possible so you don’t run out of time.
- Having a dirty UA or testing positive for a banned substance while on probation. This is a big no-no, and if part of your probation is to remain clean and sober, you need to take every step possible to make sure you do. It might take counseling or rehab, but those things will pay off in the long run if they keep you on track with your probation.
We work hard, and with you, to make sure the terms of your probation are ones that fit your schedule and capabilities. If you are not sure of what is expected of you, ask until the requirement becomes clear. Our experience is that people have no intention of violating their probation, but sometimes life takes a turn. If you have questions about probation, or need help defending a probation violation, call us today.
For answers to questions about how to stay on track with probation or how to best defend a violation, 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.