Being placed on probation allows a criminal defendant to stay out of jail, while still serving their sentence. This makes probation desirable, but few people truly understand just what is required of them when they enter probation. There are numerous ways probation can be violated, and if you commit a violation you will be in more trouble than you were originally. So, when considering probation as a resolution option, be sure you are aware of all the rules and requirements before making your final decision. One way you can make certain to know what to do while on probation is to let a qualified defense attorney help you with your case. With the right counsel on your side, you will be given a thorough briefing on what to expect and this can help lead to a successful probationary term.

But, your attorney can only help you so much. Successful completion of probation is up to you, and here are the top three things to know that will help you reach your goal:

  • You are not allowed to commit any crime while on probation, or be arrested for anything.
  • You have to follow the administrative rules as well, because a violation of one of those rules is also a violation of probation. This type of probation violation is considered a technical violation, but it is a violation just the same and can lead to revocation of your probation.
  • Pay your fines and costs when due, and if you are having trouble making a payment be sure to communicate that to someone who can help you. Simply missing a payment is not an option, so call your attorney well in advance of the due date if you are unable to pay your costs.

The benefit of probation is staying out of jail, and the State benefits too because the defendant still gets punished. This can be a win/win for both sides, but only if you are clear on the terms and are willing to put in the work required to meet those terms. Probation is not necessarily easy, but it is by far a better option than spending time in jail. Being able to maintain your freedom should be motivation enough to stay on track and have a good case. But sometimes things do happen, and when they do we can help with violations also. If you have questions about probation or how to defend a violation of probation charge, call us now. We will be happy to talk over your options with you, and help you make choices about your case that work for you.

If you have questions about probation or probation violations, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast for answers. Your first visit is a free consultation and we work with you to reach results that fit your needs.