It is common for criminal cases to be resolved by the defendant agreeing to enter a term of probation. The exact requirements vary from case to case, but must be followed in every case in order for the defendant to receive the benefit of their bargain. In order to have a successful probationary period, it is essential to fully understand what is expected of you, and what you are not allowed to do during this time. The approach we take is one that gives you this understanding, because we believe your success is linked to ours.
Three things that will help you to have a successful probationary term include doing the following:
- Showing up for all scheduled appointments with your probation officer, and keeping your probation officer informed of your address and other contact information. If you are unable to keep an appointment, call a few days in advance and explain your circumstances. Taking action to reschedule shows you are serious about doing what is required of you, and will help you to stay on track.
- Be sure to pay the fines associated with your case, and to pay them as they become due. We understand that sometimes things come up that cause a change to your monthly budget, if that happens call for help. Your probation officer or the cost administration office may be able to offer you options that fit your budget. If you are refused manageable options, your defense attorney can step in and negotiate on your behalf.
- Do not get into any more trouble while on probation, which includes avoiding arrest or being pulled over for a traffic violation. If you are charged with a new crime while on probation your probation will be revoked. When that happens you are then facing multiple charges, the original charges for which you were serving probation and the new case.
Staying the course while on probation does not have to be difficult. The reward at the end of a successful probationary term is well worth the work it takes to follow the rules. If you have bene charged with a violation of probation, or have questions about what to expect when agreeing to probation, call us today. We can help you understand the terms, and offer advice on how to successfully complete your probation.
If you have questions about probation and probation violations, call a competent criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast for help. Call us to schedule an appointment.