Going on probation is a popular way to resolve criminal cases, because it allows the defendant to stay out of jail while still serving a “sentence” that is agreeable to the prosecution. A successful probation is likely to result in a reduction in the charges against you, which can mean you are able to keep your record clear and avoid going to jail. But, all too often, defendants in criminal cases make a mistake while on probation and never receive the benefit of their bargain. What’s worse is that most times the mistake is unintentional or even committed without the defendant even knowing they have committed a violation of their probationary terms. The results can be devastating, including revocation of probation and then facing the full weight of the original charges filed against you.
Once you have a clear understanding of what is expected of you while on probation, it is advisable to do your best to follow the rules, exactly as written. Three reasons to stay on track and follow the terms of your probation are:
- When you meet all of the requirements of your probation you will be rewarded with what was negotiated at the outset of your case, most times this includes a reduction or even a dismissal of the charges against you.
- When you follow the rules of your probation you avoid a new charge, namely violation of probation, from being filed against you.
- Doing what is required of you while serving probation allows you to remain free, and out of jail. This type of independence is desirable because it allows you to continue going to work, and being able to spend time with your family.
If you have been charged with a probation violation it might seem inevitable that your probation will be revoked, and you will have to serve some time. This is not something that sounds good to anyone, and there are things you can do to defend yourself against the violation charge as well as defending the original charges against you. In order to maintain your freedom and certain liberties, call us for help.
If you have been charged with violating probation or have questions about what to expect when going on 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.