Agreeing to terms of probation seems simple enough, all you have to do is follow the rules and stay out of trouble, right? Well, maybe. The terms of your probation will be specially set, depending on the charges and the facts of your case. The requirements may or may not include imposition of a curfew, mandatory attendance in drug or alcohol treatment programs, or an interlock device being installed in your car for a DUI case. When probation is violated, the consequences are harsh, and you could end up in jail for not only the violation, but also any new crime committed that led to the violation.
When a probation violation takes place, any one of the following three things may occur:
- Revocation of you probation, which means you then face sentencing for the original charge that landed you in Court.
- New charges, for the violation, being filed against you.
- A modification of the terms of your probation.
Sometimes a violation is committed unknowingly, which is why it is important to fully understand the terms of your probation before leaving the Courtroom. If you are clear on what is expected of you, it is easier to comply. Aside from specific requirements depending on the allegations against you, you should expect to be required to routinely check in with a probation officer, keep your probation officer advised of your home and work address, and a prohibition against committing a new violation while on probation. The requirement to stay out of trouble is the most broad, and could even include something as minor as receiving a speeding ticket. We take special care to ensure your questions about the terms of probation are answered to your satisfaction, and can also help if you have been charged with a probation violation.
For more information on what to expect while on probation, or how to best defend a probation violation, 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.