Many criminal defendants agree to go on probation as a way to avoid jail time and as a means to resolving their case. While on probation you are still able to go to school or to work, which means you can provide for your family or continue to further your education for the future. But if you do not follow all of the rules your probation can be revoked. When probation is revoked there is usually a jail term to serve, as well as the requirement that you defend the charge of violation of probation. But not every case is clear cut and it can be hard to tell what you are supposed to do while on probation. In order to have a successful probation it is essential to have a clear understanding of the probationary terms, and then do your best to stay on track.
If you are able to do these three things while on probation your chances of successfully completing your probationary term increases greatly:
- Check in with your probation office when required. If you miss an appointment you stand the chance of having your probation revoked. Most officers are able to schedule appointments that fit your schedule and allow you to take minimal time off work or school, talk over your needs with your office and make sure that you write down every appointment on your calendar. Give yourself reminders if you need to, and make sure you have transportation lined up in advance.
- Finish your community service or attend required educational courses, depending on the facts of your case and the agreement made in your case. It is a good idea to start these things right away rather than wait until the deadline, that way you can rest easy knowing that you are in control of when certain requirements have to be completed. No one likes to be pushed up against an unmanageable deadline, so plan probation requirements sooner rather than later.
- Stay out of trouble, and do not get any new tickets or be arrested for any new crimes. This is the cardinal rule of all probationary terms and if you are not able to keep your nose clean while on probation you will not receive the benefit of the bargain you made.
Whether you need help understanding your probationary terms, or you have been charged with a violation of probation, we can help. Call us today to find out where to go from here, and what needs to be done to keep you on track with your probation.
For help with probation violation cases, call our office to speak with a qualified criminal defense attorney. We help people charged with all sorts of crimes in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. Call today to schedule an appointment