If you are on probation, it means you are under supervision by a probation officer. You will likely be required to check in with your probation officer on a monthly or weekly basis and required to adhere to certain requirements.
The amount of time you are on probation varies based on what you were charged with and other factors. Understanding the probation process is essential to make sure that you don’t violate the terms of your probation.
What is a probation violation?
If you don’t follow the conditions of your probation, then it is considered a probation violation. Some examples of probation violations include failure to report to your probation officer, failure to show up to court dates, traveling out of the state without approval from your probation officer or the failure to pay your restitution or fines. The conditions of your probation are determined by the judge.
Common reasons for a probation violation
Some of the most common reasons that someone may violate their probation include:
- Committing another crime
- Missing your probation meetings or court dates
- Crossing the state lines
- Not paying your ordered fines or restitution
- Associating with other felons
- Failing to complete community service
- Not maintaining employment
- Failing an alcohol or drug test
If you want to avoid going to jail, it’s necessary to adhere to the terms of your probation.
Protecting your rights while on probation
While you have to adhere to certain requirements when on probation, you do have rights. Speak to a legal professional to review the terms of your case and help you protect your rights.