The cost of violating your probation

If you’ve been arrested, convicted of a crime, but are lucky enough to be sentenced to probation, you may breathe a sigh of relief.  But that sigh can quickly go away if you don’t diligently follow the terms and conditions of your probation.

While a good probation violation lawyer may be able to help you avoid going to jail due to your transgression, you need to understand that a probation violation can also result in more significant jail time and fines, or an even longer extended probation period.

There are many ways you can violate your probation.  All of them basically stem from ignoring, avoiding, refusing or acting in such a way that you violate the terms the legal system has set out for you at any time during your probation period.

This may include:

  • Not reporting to your probation officer at your scheduled time and date.
  • Possessing, using or selling illegal drugs.
  • Not paying fines as required by the court.
  • Not appearing in court on your set dates and times.
  • Meeting with people or going places you are expressly forbidden to do so as part of the terms and conditions of your probation.
  • Committing other crimes or getting arrested for any other violation.

When you violate your probation, your probation officer has a lot of leeway to determine what happens next.  He can issue a warning or require you to appear in court for a probation hearing.  Much of this rests upon the type of violation and your history of probation compliance.

At a hearing, a judge will weigh several factors, including the severity of the violation, your probation history and any other circumstances unique to your situation.  If you are found guilty, you will be sentenced accordingly.  Your probation time may only be extended, you may be assigned community service or rehabilitation classes, you may be ordered to serve some time in jail, or you may revert back to the terms of your original sentence and serve out your remaining time in jail.

Dwane Cates Law Group proudly serves the cities of Phoenix, Scottsdale, Glendale, Tempe, Mesa and surrounding Arizona communities.

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