When an individual pleads to a crime, they will sometimes be placed on
probation instead of being handed a formal sentence. This arrangement
requires a person to abide by certain conditions as established by the
court as a way of avoiding jail time. If these conditions are broken,
however, a person can be charged with violating their probation and can
face serious legal consequences. If you should be charged with violating
your probation, it is crucial that you understand your situation and take
the appropriate measures to keep your circumstances from getting any worse.
How Can Probation be Violated?
There are a number of ways that a person can be charged with violating
their probation. While the specifics will vary on a case-by-case basis,
this type of charge can result if a person knowingly and willfully ignores,
avoids, or otherwise breaks the terms that were established in their court
order. Depending on the offense, these conditions must be followed for
anywhere between one and five years.
Probation violation charges can result from the following:
- Failing to appear at a designated court date
- Failing to report to a probation officer
- Not paying any court-ordered fines
- Traveling to prohibited areas, such as across state lines
- Using, selling, or possessing illicit drugs
- Being arrested for another offense
What Happens Next?
There is no clear-cut rule that determines what happens after a person
violates their probation. A probation officer can issue a warning or request
that the defendant appear in court for a formal probation violation hearing.
This will depend on the nature and severity of the supposed violation.
If a judge determines that a person indeed violated their probation, they
can impose penalties such as jail time, community service, fines, or any
other method of correcting the behavior. In extreme cases, probation may
be revoked completely, requiring the accused to serve their original sentence.
Contact a Jacksonville Criminal Defense Lawyer
If you have been charged with violating your probation, it is vital that
you retain the services of a trial-tested legal team to protect your rights
in a court of law. At the
Law Offices of Jason K.S. Porter, P.A., our highly skilled
Jacksonville criminal defense attorneys understand the severity of your situation and can provide the aggressive
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