The rules of probation are relatively simple, unless you are the person on probation. Most of us know that if you violate probation the consequences could include going to jail for the offense for which you were serving probation. But there are other ways to violate probation than being charged with a new crime. The ways in which most violations of probation happen are technical and typically the result of a misunderstanding.

Every term of probation is subject to rules and regulations. The terms of your probation will not be the same as any other defendant, but there are some common terms. These include:

  • Staying out of trouble, which means you cannot have any new charges filed against you throughout the entire term of your probation.
  • Checking in at regularly scheduled times with your probation officer.

Paying all fines and fees associated with the case against you.


When in doubt you should seek guidance before taking action. What you are allowed to do and what you are prohibited from doing is spelled out in your probation agreement, but those terms can be confusing. Your probation officer is not the person in the best position to give you legal advice, and if you rely on what they tell you there is still the chance that you run afoul of your probation requirements. In order to make decisions that will not have a negative impact on your freedom and continued ability to remain on probation, seeking the advice of a trained criminal defense attorney is best. We have helped people stay on track with their probation and can help you too! Call our office today to speak with one of our knowledgeable attorneys.

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