Probation is a popular way to resolve a criminal case. Going on probation allows you to stay out of jail, which means you can still go to work or school, and keep up with your daily routine. A successful probation is one where you complete all the requirements of the probationary term, and then receive a reduction in the charges against you or an outright dismissal of the case. It sounds easy enough, but sometimes the probation requirements are hard to understand. If you are unclear about what is expected of you while on probation the chances are high that you will commit a probation violation. If that happens you will not receive the promised benefits at the end of your probationary term, and you will also face the new charge of having violated our probation. In order to avoid this harsh result, it is crucial to fully understand the terms of your probation, and make plans on how you can follow the rules put in place.
The top three things to know about probation in Florida include the following:
- Every term of probation has certain requirements and what you will be required to do while on probation depends on the facts of your case. However, most cases include the requirement that you attend certain educational courses (like DUI school, or rehabilitation courses), and perform a certain number of community service hours. You will want to adjust your schedule as soon as possible after going on probation in order to complete these requirements. The sooner you get these tasks out of the way, the closer you will be to successful completion of your probationary term.
- When on probation you may be required to check in with your probation officer, and keep him or her informed of your address and phone number, and any employment information. Failure to attend a scheduled meeting with your probation officer is a violation of your probation, and can get you into real trouble. If you are unable to keep an appointment, you should make an immediate call to your probation officer and explain the circumstances.
- You are not permitted to be charged with any new crimes while on probation. A new charge is a new case against you, and is also a violation of your probation.
If you have been charged with violating your probation, or just want additional information on what to expect if you agree to a term of probation, call our office for help.
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.