When you are on probation as part of a criminal sentence, it is critical that you adhere to all of your probation requirements until your probation ends. This can sometimes be difficult to do, since probation may be in place for a few years. Probation violations have severe consequences, so if you think you may have violated your probation, contact an attorney right away.
Examples of Probation Violations
Every probation is different depending on the crime the defendant was convicted of; however, there are some probation regulations that are fairly standard across all crimes. Examples of probation violations may be:
- Failure to report to your probation officer as required. Your court release documents will have specified how often you are to check in with your probation officer.
- Failure to complete mandatory classes. You may have been scheduled for mandatory counseling, drug and alcohol courses, DUI classes, or other types of mandatory education. Failure to complete the classes in the time frame specified is considered a violation of probation.
- Failure to pay restitution or court fines.
- Failure to complete community service. You may have been scheduled to complete a certain number of community service hours. If you do not complete them in the required amount of time, you may be considered to be in violation of your probation orders.
- Failure to stay within the court ordered jurisdiction. If you move outside the jurisdiction which the court has ordered you to stay within, you could have your probation revoked.
Defenses Against Probation Violations
Often, a probation violation will occur unintentionally. For example, if the defendant’s job hours were changed and they were unable to meet with their probation officer at the required time. The defendant may have come upon a financial hardship, like an unexpected medical bill, and became unable to pay their court fines or restitution. Or they may have had to leave town for the illness or death of a family member.
If you suspect you have violated your probation or you have been notified that your probation has been violated, it’s critical that you obtain legal support as soon as possible to protect your rights and decrease the chances that your probation will be revoked. Contact J. Christopher Llinas today for aggressive legal advocacy by calling (443) 235-5793 or (443) 235-5793 for a consultation to discuss your case in detail.