If you agree to resolve a criminal matter by being placed on probation it is imperative that you stick to the plan and do all the things asked of you. If you do not follow the terms of your probation, it can be revoked. If your probation is revoked you face jail time for the original charge as well as being placed in the position of having to defend the claim you’ve violated probation. If you are found to be in violation you no longer receive the benefit of the bargain you made when agreeing to go on probation, and may even land in jail. In order to avoid this harsh consequence it is critical to know what is expect of you while on probation and the most common forms of violation.

The top two probation violations filed are:

  • Committing a new crime. This is considered an actual violation of probation and will cause multiple charges to be lodged against you. First, the charge for which you were placed on probation will be “renewed”, second you will face the charge of probation violation, and third you will be staring down a new charge for the new crime committed. This multiplying of charges can be a heavy blow and requires an aggressive defense.
  • Failing to abide by the terms of your probation by skipping an appointment with your probation officer or failing to do some other action required by your probation guidelines. These types of violations are considered technical violations, but can cause you harm just the same as an actual violation. A strong defense is also needed if you have been charged with a technical violation of your probation, and to claim you were unaware of the terms to follow is not considered a good defense.

If you have questions about probation and how it works, call our office. We can help you stay on track with your probation, can help negotiate terms that are manageable, and can also help if you have been charged with violating probation. Contact one of our criminal defense attorneys today for help.


For more information about probation, call our office today. Contact us today schedule an appointment with an experienced criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. The first visit is a free initial consultation