Most people sentenced to probation are breathing a sigh of relief that they managed to avoid a harsher punishment and jail time. But, it’s not long before you realize just how restrictive the parameters of probation can be.
One key thing you need to keep in mind is that you can still make the situation worse. Whether intentionally or accidentally, if you violate the terms of your probation, it’s a criminal offense.
So, how do probation violations happen? Here are some of the main ways:
- The court tells you to come in at a set time and day, and you fail to show up for that court appearance.
- You’re ordered to pay specific fines, and you fail to do so.
- You commit another crime, even if it’s considered to be a “minor” offense, while still on probation.
- You get arrested by the police for any type of offense while still on probation.
- Using illegal drugs. You could also get in trouble for simply possessing them.
- You visit people or go to specific places that are prohibited under the terms of your probation.
- You decide to leave the state, even for a seemingly innocent reason. In some cases, you can get permission to leave the state from your probation officer, but you have to do this in advance.
As you can see, it’s critical to both understand the terms of your probation and to know exactly what legal steps to take if accused of violating those terms.
If you’ve violated probation, don’t wait to seek legal help. Call Terry Sherman today. The call is free and completely confidential.