If you are on probation, you are expected to abide by a set of rules. If you fail to adhere to these rules, it can often mean that you will be re-arrested or tried for a probation violation in addition to your other crimes. Probation is a court sentence in and of itself. Those who are given probation normally had an attorney on their side to prove that they were not a threat to society and should not be shut away. Instead of being shut up in a jail cell, probationary criminals are allowed to go about their daily lives under the observation of a probation officer. Most misdemeanor charges can come with probation time, rather than prison time. When someone is released from jail, he or she may be given probation as well.
If you failure to report to your probation officer on an appointed day, or you fail to appear in court for a hearing that has been previously scheduled, you may be charged with a probation violation and sent to prison. Typically, a defendant is required to attend multiple progress report court hearings while on probation. Avoiding these appointments is taken seriously. Also, a defendant typically has to meet with his or her probation officer monthly.
You can also violate probation if you fail to pay or comply with various classes or fees that you are issued as a part of your sentence. You may have to pay fines and restitution as a part of your probation, or attend rehabilitation classes for drug or alcohol use. If you don’t perform these duties you can be thrown in jail. You can also be charged with a violation if you don’t attend mandatory community service commitments.
When a person is on probation, he or she is required to abstain from using or possessing illegal drugs. He or she also has to avoid being arrested for any crime. You may also be told to avoid certain people who have restraining orders against you or avoid going to certain locations. If you don’t adhere to one of these rules, it may be considered a probation violation. In addition to possible jail time, violating probation could bring on an extended probationary period or a revocation of probation. You may be forced to attend another rehabilitation program or issued extra community service.
All of this to say, it is important to follow all probationary procedures and guidelines. Don’t challenge your officer, try to hide illegal drugs, drive while drunk, or do anything else that could land you back in jail. Imagine that there is a police officer watching you at all times. This may help you to carefully operate according to probation guidelines. Talk to a criminal defense lawyer at the Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC today if you have violated your probation and want a new lawyer to represent you in your case.