The continuing threat of prison provides a powerful incentive for people on probation not only to remain law abiding, but also to comply with the conditions and requirements of their probationary sentence. In the event of a violation of any condition of probation, a probation officer has the authority to file a violation with the court. The judge then decides whether to revoke probation and whether ot not to impose a longer term of probation, stricter conditions, or incarceration for this probation violation.
Probation violations can include but are not limited to failing to do the following:
- Failure to maintain contact with your probation officer
- Violation of such requirements as completing alcohol or drug dependency treatment, anger management counseling, parenting classes, or remedial driving courses
- Failing an alcohol or drug test
- Failing to show up for an alcohol or drug test
- Associating with known criminals
- Violating the terms of a domestic violence protective order
- Failing to register as a sex offender
- Failing to report a change of address or employment status
If you are on probation and you are arrested on new criminal charges, the situation is even more serious. Not only can probation on the original sentence be revoked, but any sentence on conviction of the new offense might well be added to run consecutive to the original sentence.
To learn more about his ability to protect your interests in a case involving technical probation violations or an arrest on new charges while on probation, it is absolutely important to contact a knowledgeable attorney.