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What Happens When You Violate Probation?

Thursday / June 23, 2016

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A probation violation is a serious offense and occurs when someone breaks the terms or conditions of their probation. There are many ways to violate probation, including not appearing in court, not reporting to your probation officer, not paying required fees or fines, possessing illegal drugs or firearms, and committing another crime. If you’re facing charges for probation violation, it’s in your best interest to consult an experienced Tempe criminal defense attorney.


Consequences of Violating Probation

What are the consequences of violating your probation? Your probation officer may just give you a warning if the offense is minor and if you stay out of trouble going forward. However, if your probation officer or the court itself determines the offense warrants a court hearing, you’ll be back in front a judge.

If the judge finds that you did indeed violate probation you might have time added to your original probation, added community service or counseling, you might need to spend a small amount of time in jail, or you might need to pay fines or restitution. In really serious cases you might have a cancellation of your original probation and sentenced to jail for the amount of time instead.


Judges have broad discretion to impose jail sentences and other penalties for probation violations, subject to the maximum limits of particular state statutes. If you’re offered probation instead of jail time or hefty fines, make sure to talk with a criminal defense attorney regarding what you will be required to do. If you take probation, follow the rules set out by the court and you can avoid the harsh penalties you could have gotten in the first place.


Tempe Criminal Defense Attorney Kyle T. Green

If you are facing charges because of probation violation, I can provide you with experienced, competent, trustworthy, and aggressive representation. Call 480-331-7568 to schedule a free, initial consultation to discuss your situation in a free case review.


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