The U.S. criminal justice system wants to deter defendants from committing crimes again. This is why, when probation is offered, it is seen as a last chance for a defendant to abide by. Now you can understand the basics of probation and what happens if you violate it. We can help you gain a better understanding to find out what you may be facing.
The Basics of Probation
After you have committed a crime, probation is seen as a type of punishment in your case. It is a set of rules or conditions that must be followed to avoid a more serious punishment. Here are some of the laws that most states follow on probation sentences:
- Usually probation will only be sentenced in the face of minor crimes, like those who have committed a first offense misdemeanor.
- It could be part of a criminal sentence, to follow alongside prison time.
- You may have to meet regularly with a probation officer and attend drug counseling and more.
- In most cases, it lasts three to five years.
But what happens if you violate probation?
There are many circumstances that could lead to a probation violation, which could have a direct impact on the outcome of your case. Perhaps you didn’t complete a community service term that was expected of you, or you didn’t repay restitution to a victim of your crime. Perhaps you didn’t show up to court hearings, didn’t keep a job, skipped out on meeting with your probation officer, or committed another crime. In these cases, it is best to have an attorney on your side, and we have experience in these cases. You could receive serious consequences and you must be able to defend your rights at this time.
The judge may choose to increase your prison term or make you attend counseling, order you to pay fines and restitution, cancel your probation altogether, and more. You may have questions for us that we can answer. Call us today for more information on how we can help you in the midst of a probation violation and get you a better outcome.