The last place you wanted to end up was back in jail, especially after your conviction resulted in a sentence of probation. Probation is often a more desirable outcome than a jail sentence because it allows you to remain with your family and continue in your daily routine as much as possible within the terms of your court order. However, if you are facing accusations of being in violation of your probationary terms, you may fear that jail is in your future after all.

A probation violation is nothing to take lightly. It can mean serious penalties and lifelong consequences. If your probation officer is bringing you before a judge with evidence that you violated your court-ordered probation, you would be wise to have a legal advisor standing by your side.

What are common violations

When the court convicted you of a crime and you received a sentence of probation, that sentence carried certain terms you are bound to obey. While every jurisdiction is different, your probation probably restricted you from any of the following or other actions:

  • Using or possessing illegal drugs
  • Leaving the state of Florida without your probation officer’s permission
  • Contacting anyone associated with the crime of which you stand convicted, including the alleged victim
  • Carrying a weapon
  • Committing any additional crimes or infractions
  • Missing appointments with your probation officer

If your probation officer or the prosecutor suspects you have violated any of the terms of your probation and that the violation is serious, you may face a hearing to determine whether the court should revoke your probation. This might mean that you would go to jail to serve the remainder of your sentence. It could also mean you would have additional penalties related to the violation itself, such as fines or additional time in jail.

What to expect at your hearing

Much like your criminal trial, you will appear before the judge to defend yourself against the accusations of having violated your probation. You may have witnesses to testify or other evidence to prove that you did not violate the terms of your order or that the violation was somehow justifiable. The prosecutor will have to prove to the court that you violated the order and that the violation was serious enough to merit penalty.

You have a lot on the line when facing charges of probation violation. Having a skilled attorney in your corner may make a positive difference in the outcome of your case.