The agreement to go on probation requires you to follow all of the rules and conditions of your probation. If you make a mistake, it is not enough to say you did not understand what was required of you. Your responsibility is to know what is expected, and how to do the things you are required to do while on probation. Some of the requirements are obvious, like the requirement to stay out of trouble and not get any new tickets or arrests.
The top three violations of probation, aside from committing a new crime and what you can do to avoid a violation, are:
- Forgetting to pay your fines and court costs. If you are experiencing financial problems that prevent you from making the payments, it is never a good idea… Continue reading
Because most criminal cases are potentially resolved by sentencing the defendant to jail, and because most criminal defendants want to stay out of jail, going on probation is a popular way to resolve many matters. The beauty of agreeing to a term of probation is that you get to stay out of jail, but still have to do certain things that the State considers as punishment. But not everyone is able to comply with the terms of their probation, and so sometimes probation is revoked due to a violation that has been committed. If you are charged with a probation violation you will have hearing and be made to answer for the violation, but this hearing is not like any of the other hearings you have been to for other criminal charges.
Agreeing to go on probation is one of the most popular ways to resolve criminal cases. The way it works is that if you follow all of the terms and conditions of your probation, at the end of the term you will receive the benefit of your bargain. Most times the bargain is that if you are successful on probation, the charges against you will either be dismissed or reduced. And the best part of going on probation is that you get to server out a sentence without having to spend any time in jail. This scheme is desirable to most criminal defendants, but not everyone is able to abide by the rules and violations of probation happen all the time. The consequences can be severe, but with a little work you can stay on track and avoid committing a violation.
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Most criminal cases included the possibility of going to jail. No one wants to spend time behind bars, because it means you are not able to do the things you would normally do during the day. This includes going to school, work, running your kids to their after school activities, or just running an errand. One way to avoid going to jail if you have been arrested for a crime is to agree to go on probation as a way to resolve the charges against you. This is a common solution to many lesser offenses, most notably a DUI. But not only are there restrictions while you are on probation, like staying out of trouble and not getting any new tickets or arrest, there are also certain requirements that must be met in order to be eligible for probation.
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When you agree to resolve a criminal charge against you by going on probation, you agree to abide by certain rules and regulations for the duration of your probationary period. When making the agreement your attorney should explain the terms to you clearly and completely, so you know what to do while serving out your probation. It is also helpful to go into probation with some basic knowledge of your own, because you are the one ultimately responsible for having a successful probation.
Five of the most common violations of probation, and the things to watch out for while you are on probation are:
- Forgetting to check in with your probation officer. This takes time out of your schedule, but if you don’t do it, you can be charged with violating your probation. It would be a shame to… Continue reading
While probation remains a popular way to dispose of criminal cases, the number of defendants who are unable to comply with their probationary terms continues to rise. When a violation occurs, a chain of events is set in motion that could land the defendant in jail for longer than what the original sentence would have been and a new charge can also be filed. In order to avoid these harsh consequences, you must stay on track with your probation. That said, we understand that things do sometimes happen that prevent you from staying the course. If you have been charged with a violation of probation, you must act fast and offer an aggressive defense if you want to stay out of jail and avoid having sentence immediately imposed.
Most people know that if you are on probation you cannot be arrested for any new crime. Most people also know that if an arrest is made while a person is in probation, that is considered a violation and the probation will likely be revoked. This type of scenario will send an accused to jail, with an uphill battle to fight on both the original crime and also on the new crimes, which now includes a violation of probation charge. But did you know there are ways to violate probation that do not involve being arrested or committing any new crime, and that these acts are just as much a violation as being arrested?
Seven ways probation can be violated without a new crime being committed include:
- Failing to provide your probation officer with a new address. As minor as this seems, you are… Continue reading
Being placed on probation allows a criminal defendant to stay out of jail, while still serving their sentence. This makes probation desirable, but few people truly understand just what is required of them when they enter probation. There are numerous ways probation can be violated, and if you commit a violation you will be in more trouble than you were originally. So, when considering probation as a resolution option, be sure you are aware of all the rules and requirements before making your final decision. One way you can make certain to know what to do while on probation is to let a qualified defense attorney help you with your case. With the right counsel on your side, you will be given a thorough briefing on what to expect and this can help lead to a successful probationary term.
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The title of this blog may be misleading, because who would actually want to violate the terms of their probation? The answer is likely “no one”, because if you violate your probation you do not receive the benefit of the bargain you made when agreeing to go on probation. That said, violations do happen, and when they do it is imperative to aggressively defend the new charge of violation of probation (VOP). A successful defense to a VOP charge can keep you out of jail and might just also allow you to bargain for other favorable outcomes.
Violations occur in one of two ways, either by committing a new crime or by committing a technical violation. A new crime violation is pretty self-explanatory, it happens when the defendant engages in a new activity other than the one for which they are… Continue reading
Probation is one of the most common ways to resolve a case against you. Defendants find going on probation attractive because it keeps them out of jail, and the prosecution is happy too because the defendant is required to do certain things while they are on probation. The end result is that the accused does their “time”, but gets to do it outside the four walls of the prison. The key is to meet all of the probationary requirements, and if you are able to do that, the rewards are great. Most often the agreement is that if the defendant is successful on probation, the charges are either dismissed or reduced at the end of the probationary term.
Two of the top benefits of having a successful probation term include:
- A reduction or dismissal of the charges against you, which can… Continue reading