What Happens If I Violate My Probation?
Probation can be extremely beneficial. It allows a person to potentially avoid jail time while still allowing a defendant a modicum of freedom. However, the rules for probation are not always made completely clear. While a defendant should always consult with a probation officer regarding the exact terms and details regarding their specific situation, it’s always beneficial to know potential outcomes.
There is a wide variety of ways in which one could violate their probation. From not showing up to a scheduled court appearance to committing other crimes, the list is fairly straightforward. On the other hand, there are no set rules to address a probation violation once reported. What happens following a probation violation is mostly at the discretion of a probation officer. A probation officer may simply issue a warning regarding the violation without any further action. In other cases, a probation officer may require the person on probation to appear in court for a probation hearing, which will often result in a penalty of some kind. The penalty can often result in jail time, or stricter conditions to adhere to.
Most of the time, those who violate their probation don’t mean to. The rules are often confusing or poorly explained, especially to first-timers with minimal violations. Those who violate their probation often find themselves unable to afford certain financial requirements. But despite any reason for violating probation, be it major or minor, it pays to have a qualified criminal defense attorney at the hearing.
A probation violation can result in jail time – don’t risk it alone. If you or a loved one is facing charges for violating probation in New Jersey, contact John Tumelty today. John Tumelty is a former prosecutor specializing in criminal defense. Schedule your case consultation today.