If you have ever known anyone who has been on probation, you have probably heard stories about what they have to do in order to finish their probationary term. Sometimes the requirements seem out of reach, and other times it might seem like only a minor inconvenience to follow the rules. The requirements vary from case to case and can be more stringent with more serious charges. Regardless of what your requirements are, the consequences for a violation are the same no matter what type of case has been filed against you. When probation is violated you can expect to have it revoked, that you will be charged with a probation violation crime, and that you will also have to face punishment for the original charges in full. This might mean spending some time in jail, or having serious charges wind up on your criminal record.
In order to avoid these possibilities, you must follow all of the terms and conditions of your probation. Three “tricks” to staying on track while on probation include doing the following:
- Get an early start on any special requirements of your probation, so you don’t find yourself at the end of the term with not enough time left to complete something. If you are ordered to perform community service, do it right away! Months later, you will be glad you took the time to check this item off your list.
- If you are required to check in from time to time with a probation officer, do so. Also, make a plan to pay your fines and costs when they are due. If you are having a hard time financially, see if there are alternate arrangements that can be made to fit your budget.
- Do you get any new tickets, or arrests.
If you are not sure what you are supposed to be doing, ask your attorney for clarification. We realize that it can be difficult to understand some of the legal jargon, and will help decipher it for you so you are clear. For questions about probation and probation violations, call our office for answers.
If you have been charged with violating probation, call our office to speak with a qualified criminal defense attorney. Call today to schedule an appointment.