Agreeing to go on probation as a way to avoid to jail works in a large number of criminal cases, as long as you know what to do during the probationary term. But if you are not aware of what is required of you while you are on probation, you run the risk of committing a probation violation. If you are charged with a violation of probation you can have your probation revoked and will also have to defend against the violation. So to make the most of the agreement you made when going on probation, it is critical to make sure you know what to expect. A good defense attorney will explain your probation terms to you, and negotiate for terms you can follow.
While every case a different set of terms of probation, there are some things that apply to all case. Three things to remember while serving out your probation, and that will help you be successful are:
- Make sure you pay all of your fines and costs when they are due, or make arrangements for a payment plan. Failing to pay probation fines is a violation of most terms, but is also one of the most avoidable violations if you take the time to work out payments.
- Complete any required courses or treatment programs as ordered by the Court. It is a good idea to schedule your attendance early, so you don’t run out of time towards the end of your probation.
- Stay out of trouble while on probation! You are not allowed to get any new tickets or be arrested for any new crime. If you are, then your probation will be revoked and you will have to face the full weight of the original charges, plus the violation, and the new crime.
It can be hard to stay on track during probation, but it becomes much easier when you know what you are supposed to do. If you have questions, or are unclear about the rules, be sure to ask for clarification. This is your case and you have the right to feel comfortable with the agreement made. Let us help you negotiate reasonable probation terms, or if you have been charged with a violation call us to find out what to do next.
For more information about probation and how to avoid a probation violation, call an experienced defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. We work with you to tailor a defense that fits the specific facts of your case. We offer an initial consultation for no charge, and look forward to helping you.