What is Probation?
When you are convicted of a crime, the court will impose the appropriate jail time sentence and fines based on the crime committed. The judge presiding over your case will determine a payment plan for the fines imposed as well as the ability to suspend your jail time sentence. To suspend your jail time is called probation. The judge can grant you probation with conditions or rules that you are required to follow during the probation period.
Some possibilities of the conditions may include an alcohol evaluation, drug or alcohol treatment, an alcohol monitoring device like a SCRAM bracelet, regular urinalysis drug tests, community service hours, a requirement to meet with your assigned probation officer, and not being arrested or committing another crime. At the time of sentencing, when you leave the court, you will be given your conditions of probation in writing as well as the court will require you to sign stating that you acknowledge and understand the required terms of release.
What is a Probation Violation?
Violating your conditions is a probation violation and is considered a serious offense. Your assigned probation officer or court representative will be notified immediately of the violation of the terms of release and will notify the court of the probation violation.
Once a probation violation has occurred a court hearing will be scheduled requiring you to appear in court. The hearing can be called a probation violation hearing or a show cause hearing. The appearance in court is a requirement and if you fail to appear for the probation violation, a warrant will be issued. The purpose of the court hearing is for you to state to the court why your probation was violated. The judge has the ability to revoke your probation and impose jail time.
Understanding the Rules
It is important to understand all of the terms of your probation and one slip up can be detrimental to your release. The judge has granted you this probation and violating the conditions of the probation can result in you spending time in jail.
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If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of having a criminal charge, please don’t hesitate to give Rick a call. He is an experienced criminal defense attorney and has been handling probation violation cases since 1992.
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