A probation violation refers to when an individual on probation violates the terms of their probation. Probation violations are serious and can result in jail time, a longer term of probation and significant fines and penalties so individuals accused of committing a probation violation should know how to respond to the accusations.
The penalties associated with a probation violation depend on different factors including the nature and seriousness of the violation, if the accused individual has any prior probation violations or if there are circumstances that might mitigate or worsen the seriousness of the situation. Probation violations commonly refer to when an individual placed on probation ignores or violates the terms of their probation. The amount of time an individual is placed on probation can vary so individuals on probation should ensure they are aware of their probation term and the terms of their probation.
There are a variety of different ways that probation may be violated including failure to appear during a scheduled court appearance; failure to report to a probation officer at the scheduled time; failure to pay fines or restitution ordered by the court; traveling out of the state or visiting people or places that require permission from a probation officer and failing to obtain permission; possession, use or sale of illegal drugs; committing other crimes while on probation; or being arrested while on probation.
Criminal defense rights and strategies can help accused individuals address the charges against them and can also help individuals accused of violating their probation address the accusations they are facing. Because a probation violation can require the accused individual to return to jail, it is important to know how to handle serious accusations of a probation violation.