When most people think of probation images of agreeing to do certain things for a set amount of time in exchange for staying out of jail come to mind. The requirements of probation vary from case to case, but one thing remains the same and that is if you do not follow the rules your probation will be revoked. Failing to abide by the terms of probation result in a new crime of violating your probation and cause your current status as a free person to be put in jeopardy. This is because when a probation violation takes place the defendant no longer enjoys the benefit of the bargain made and if part of the bargain was to stay out of jail the chance of being put behind bars is very real. For this reason it is critical to fully understand the terms of your probation before making the agreement to resolve your case in this way.
Three probation “do’s”, so you are sure to stay on course, include the following:
- Check in with your probation officer when required. If you are not able to keep a scheduled appointment on your calendar, call your officer as soon as possible to work out an alternative. Simply not showing up is a big mistake and can cause your probation to be revoked.
- Be sure to do the things asked of you while on probation, such as performing community service or (in most DUI cases) having an interlock device installed in your vehicle.
- Stay out of trouble! This means do not receive any new traffic tickets or be charged with any new crimes. A new charge against you is not only a violation of probation, but is also a new case that requires a defense.
If you have questions about what is expected of you while on probation, or if you have been charged with a violation of probation, call us for help. We have experience in both of these instances and can offer you aggressive representation for all of the charges against you.
For help with probation violation cases or for answers about what is required during probation, 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.