violation of probation
Most people know that if they agree to go on probation, they will have to follow certain rules and procedures and if they do not, that their probation can be revoked. It is also pretty common knowledge that when probation is revoked, you face a much more harsh punishment, which could lead to you spending some time in jail. But there are other aspects of probation violations that are not as well-known, but should be if you are considering going on probation or have been charged with a violation of probation.
Six pitfalls of probation violations that you may not know about include the following:
- There is no time limit for pursuing the violation. So if you think you can avoid prosecution of a violation by leaving the state, you will be surprised… Continue reading
When you agree to a term of probation to resolve a criminal charge against you, you have to be sure to follow the rules to the letter or you risk violating your probation. If a probation violation occurs, you can be charged with the new crime of probation violation as well as whatever crime led to the violation. This amounts to at least two new charges against you, and you also no longer get the benefit of your probation agreement, which means the original charge can now be prosecuted in full. These possibilities are severe, and can lead to jail time and additional fines that have to be paid. So, if you are charged with violating your probation, you need to know where to turn for help.
Five things that can happen when you are caught violating probation are:
- Your probation will be… Continue reading
If you have been charged with a crime and are considering going on probation to resolve the charges against you, it is important to understand exactly what is involved. A lot of people leave the Courtroom uncertain about the rules and requirements of their probation, and so make a mistake that leads to a violation and revocation of their probation. This is truly tragic, because in most instances the violations can be avoided and the defendant given the benefit of the probation agreement made. Our job is to help walk you through the process, so you go into your probationary term fully prepared. A good way to start is to understand what probation involves, and also what probation does not involve.
Three things you should not expect while on probation are:
- That it will be a cake walk. That is not to… Continue reading
Agreeing to go on probation as a way to avoid jail time is a good idea if you are prepared to follow the rules of the probation. Every case is different, but in all cases you will be required to pay court costs and fines, and to stay out of trouble while on probation. If you are successful, you will enjoy a reduction in charges or even dismissal of the charges at the end of your probationary term, depending in the bargain you made. But if you make a mistake, you will be fully responsible for the charges, as well as have to defend new charges and the violation of probation charge.
Defending a charge of violation of probation can be tricky, but when you know how the case is structured, you are better prepared for the task. There are three parts… Continue reading
When you get arrested for a crime one of your first thoughts is probably along the lines of what you can do to stay out of jail. One option is to deny the charges and take your case before the Judge or jury to ask for a finding of not guilty. But there are other options, and for many it is nice to know what choices exist because putting your fate in the hands of the Court or a jury is too risky. One of the most popular options is to go on probation. The point of probation is to punish defendants without sending them to jail, and is available in certain types of cases. If your case is eligible for probation, there are some things you will need to know before you make an agreement. Without knowing what you are getting into,… Continue reading
If you have been arrested and want to avoid going to jail, negotiating terms of probation is a good way to accomplish this goal. Many criminal cases are resolved by allowing the defendant to remain free from incarceration, but still punished in some fashion. Two different ways you can serve your sentence without going to jail are by going on probation, or being placed under community control. These forms of punishment have significant differences, and it is beneficial to know these differences if you are considering either.
Three differences between probation and community control are:
- Community control is more like being under house arrest, since it is a form of punishment that lets you serve your sentence outside the walls of the jailhouse, but does require that you not leave your home. You will likely have to wear a monitor, commonly referred to as… Continue reading
Agreeing to go on probation as a way to resolve a criminal case against you can keep you out of jail. But this only works if you are able to follow all of the rules of your probation, and stay out of trouble the entire time. If you commit a probation violation, your probation will be revoked and you will be in more trouble than when you first arrested. But sometimes it is not always clear that something you’ve done violates your probation. In order to be successful while on probation it is critical to fully understand what is expected of you, so you can take the steps necessary to comply.
Five ways to violate probation, and what you can do to make sure you don’t commit one of these violations are:
- Missing an appointment: if one of your probationary requirements… Continue reading
If you have been arrested for a crime, you might be thinking about going on probation as a form of punishment. To be sure, probation is a popular way to resolve criminal cases and the number of people on probation grows daily. The benefit to you is that you get to stay out of jail, and the benefit to the prosecution is that they get to impose a punishment on you. The terms of probation are considered your punishment, and they can be hard to follow. But, if you are successful, you will enjoy the reward of the bargain you made, which typically includes either dismissal or reduction of the charges against you upon successful completion of probation.
But, staying on track can be hard, especially if you are not clear about the requirements. Here are the three most important things you can know… Continue reading
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… Continue reading
A lot of criminal defendants decide to go on probation as a way of resolving the case against them. Probation is a useful tool, in that it keeps you out of jail but also gives the State the sense that you are still being punished and held accountable for your actions. In most cases, if you can successfully complete all of the terms of your probation, the charges will either be dropped or at least reduced. This is a significant benefit, especially when the charges are traffic related, because a reduced charge might keep your insurance from going up and can also keep harmful points off of your driving record. But what happens if you make a mistake, and are not able to follow all of the rules of your probation?
When probation is violated, the terms are revoked. What this means is… Continue reading