Much like you are unable to avoid breaking the law if you are unaware of what the law requires, it can downright impossible to abide by the terms of probation if you do not have a clear understanding of what is required. Deciding to resolve your criminal case by agreeing to a term of probation can keep you out of jail, but only if you know what to expect. If you fail to follow all the rules of your probation, you will face punishment not only for the original charge, but also for the “new” charge of violating your probation.
Every term of probation is different. However, there are some elements that are common to every case, and breaking one of these rules will land you in hot water for a probation violation. Here’s what you can expect while on probation:
- You must check in with your probation officer regularly. Failure to keep a scheduled appointment with your probation officer is considered a technical violation of probation, and it is a crime. If you are unable to make a meeting, call and try to reschedule. The key is to keep in touch and be honest.
- You cannot be charged with any crimes while on probation, from a minor traffic offense to a more serious charge. If you are arrested for a new crime, it will be considered a violation of your probation. When that happens, you have to answer for the original charge as well as the new charge.
- You will be required to pay all fines and costs associated with your case. These are costs imposed by the Court, and if you need assistance it is important to ask for a repayment plan that fits your budget.
It can be heartbreaking to stay on track with probation, only to have a misstep that you did not realize would spell trouble. Be sure you fully understand the terms you are agreeing to, and also be sure that the terms are fair. We will seek probationary sentences that make sense, and are doable. Call us today to discuss your case and allow us to formulate a strategy that works for you.
If you have questions about probation, call a competent criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast for help. Call us today to schedule an appointment.