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 Can Lead to Serious Consequences
There are many ways someone can violate their probation. Some of the most common violations are:
- Commission of a new offense
- Failing to report
- Testing positive for drugs or alcohol
- Failing to complete mandatory classes or community service
- Failing to pay child support
- Failure to pay fines and costs
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.
Violating your probation can lead to serious consequences including jail or prison time.
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