Resolving a criminal matter by agreeing to a term of probation is common. But, this method of resolution only works if the offender understand the probationary terms and is able to abide by those terms. In order to successfully complete your probation, you must follow all the rules set forth when you initially agree to go on probation. In order to do this, it is helpful to know what the Court expects you to do.
No two sets of probationary terms are the same. But there are some things that every defendant needs to know about how probation works. The three most important part of probation typically include doing the following things:
- Staying in contact with your probation officer by calling in and attending all scheduled meetings. If you are asked to go visit your probation officer, go! If you make an appointment and do not show up, you will be considered in violation of your probation. This is true regardless of whether you understood when and where you were to appear, so if you are not clear it is OK to ask. Also, if you are unable to keep an appointment, call to reschedule.
- Pay the fines for your case, and pay them on time. Failing to pay all fees is also considered a probation violation. If you are experiencing financial difficulty, call your probation officer and ask for options. If options are not given to you, call a skilled attorney to work on your behalf.
- Stay out of trouble, which means do not get pulled over for any traffic offenses or commit any new crimes while on probation. Any new offense is a violation, as well as a new case against you.
Working hard to follow the rules of your probation is only worth it if you are able to see it through to the end. You will only receive the benefits of the bargain you made if you are successful for the entire term of your probation. Our job is to make sure you understand what you are agreeing to, and negotiating terms that work for you. If you have questions about probation, or have been charged with a violation of probation, call us for help.
If you have questions about probation and probation violations, call a competent criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast for help. Call us to schedule an appointment.