When you are on probation after being convicted of a crime or misdemeanor, you are agreeing to adhere to a legally binding set of standards of conduct until the probationary period is over. If you fail to follow the regulations set out for you, and are accused of violating your probation, you may face serious jail/prison time. This could be very worrisome for any individual who is thought to have violated their probation, as the time spent incarcerated can even be increased above the original length of time of the sentence.
These cases can be difficult, as the judge does not look kindly on those who violate their probation, and often will be very strict in meting out punishment. If you have been arrested on such a charge, it is critical that you immediately contact an attorney immediately. In many cases, there is evidence that could have the charges dismissed.
Types of Violations
When the probation officer that is managing your case considers that you have violated probation, they will act quickly to issue a warrant for your arrest. Some of the types of circumstances that may result in this charge include the following:
- Failing to report to your probation officer
- Drug or alcohol use (may be discovered on a mandated drug test)
- Being charged with another crime
- Failure to pay a fine
- Failure to pay ordered restitution
- A violation of an Order of Protection (restraining order)
- Failure to do court-ordered community service
If you are arrested for a probation violation, you will usually be put in jail, ordinarily without bond, to await your probation violation hearing. You have the right to a hearing on the case, but with the assistance of a qualified attorney, it is possible that the charges will be dismissed even prior to a hearing. Contact our firm to learn more about your defense options!