Violating probation is a serious thing, which can land you in serious trouble. When probation is violated the defendant is taken off of probation, and has to prepare for a legal battle regarding the initial charge as well as a few other charges. The end result could be a stiff financial fine, jail time, or probably both. If you are charged with violating probation you need to give the matter all of your attention, so you can get a result that works. A qualified criminal defense attorney can help.
Four possible penalties for violating probation, other than revocation of the probationary term, are:
- Your will be charged with the crime of probation violation. This is a separate charge from the original charge you were facing, and has to be defended separately.
- Whatever act resulted in the violation will also be a new charge against you. So not only will you have to defend the violation allegations, but also the new crime that has been committed.
- The original crime will now have to be defended in full, as you can no longer rely on probation as a resolution to the initial charges filed against you.
- You will have to pay costs and fees for all of these cases, which adds up quickly. You might also face jail time for each of these charges, which may mean you have to spend some time behind bars.
Most probation violations are actual violations, which happen when a new crime is committed. But there are also technical violations, and those might be more difficult to spot. Things like not paying fines or failing to abide by some of the administrative terms of your probation are considered technical violations. In our experience people who commit a technical violation do so unknowingly. This is why when we take on your case and negotiate a term of probation on your behalf, we sit down and talk with you to be sure you understand all of the terms fully. If there is a question, we give you answers that make sense. If you have been charged with violating probation, let us help minimize the damage. Or if you have been charged with another crime and are wondering if probation is the right answer, give us a call to find out more.
For answers to questions about violations of probation, call an experienced criminal defense attorney today. Skilled criminal defense attorneys in Stuart and the Treasure Coast are here to help you today. Your first visit is a free initial consultation.