While probation is not an ideal outcome, probation can feel like a slight relief in a complicated process after the stress of facing criminal charges.
Following through on your probation obligations is only one step in the journey. There may be moments along the way where you violate the conditions of probation. Whether your violation was intentional or accidental, courts may take your violation seriously.
Here’s what you can expect if you violate the conditions of your probation.
Once is usually an accident
Each situation is different, but courts often have room for people to make some mistakes while on probation. The rules may be clear, but getting used to following them can take a certain amount of time and practice.
However, you should keep in mind that how courts view a probation violation will depend on several factors, including the severity of the violation and your underlying offense. When there is only one violation, and the underlying offense is minor, you are more likely to receive a warning.
Violations can have consequences
When you start to develop a pattern for violating your probation, courts tend to have a less favorable approach. Typically, consequences for violating probation include:
- Revocation of probation
- Jail time
- Additional probation conditions
- Extending the duration of probation
The more times you violate the conditions of your probation, the more likely the court will be harsher in determining the consequences.
Probation violation hearings can feel intimidating. It is essential to have an experienced advocate to support your case.