Probation is one of the most common alternatives to jail after someone pleads guilty or is convicted of a crime. And while probation may spare someone jail time, it doesn’t mean they’re able to go about life as normal.
What is Probation?
Many people convicted of a crime will be given probation — a court-ordered sanction that allows a person to stay out of jail and in the community while under strict supervision.
Ultimately, a person on probation is supervised by a probation officer and must abide by the specific conditions of their sanction. Probation can mean many things — it can include fines, restitution, house arrest, community service, and more. Those on probation also often have to abstain from drugs and alcohol, undergo drug testing, and regularly check in with their probation officer.
Violating Probation is a Serious Offense
There are many ways someone can violate their probation. Some of the most common violations are:
- Not paying required fines.
- Failing to report to a probation officer.
- Affiliating with someone who has a criminal record.
- Failing to appear for a scheduled court date.
- Failing a routine or surprise drug test.
- Committing a new crime.
- Traveling out of state without permission.
The repercussions for violating your probation depend on a few different factors, but it mostly relies on how severe the violation was and the circumstances surrounding it (i.e. accidentally sleeping through one meeting with your probation officer vs. being involved in a physical altercation).
If you’re found to have violated your probation, you could be required to pay more fines, have your period of probation extended, and/or face jail time.
Marsala Law Group will take the time to get to know you and learn about your circumstances. Schedule a free consultation by calling us at (940) 386-6848 or contacting us online.