What can happen if you violate probation?

A probation violation is a serious issue that thousands of people face each year. When people are placed on probation or released on probation from jail, they are expected to follow a certain set of rules to remain free. If they violate any of these rules and are caught, they could wind up back in jail for an extended period. Let’s take a look at what happens if you violate probation.

Once a probation violation has been discovered, there is no set rule regarding what should happen next. It all depends on the type of violation. Further, the probation officer has some discretion in determining the consequences. For example, the officer is allowed to issue you a warning or could force you to make a court appearance for a probation hearing. If you are asked to make a court appearance, the officer will likely suggest a punishment that could include more time in jail.

If the violation resulted in a mandatory court appearance, the judge will need to determine whether you violated any of the terms of your probation before issuing a sentence. Should you be found guilty, the judge will then issue a sentence. The sentence could include extending your probation, returning you to jail or ending your probation and forcing you to finish the term in jail.

If you violate the terms of your probation, you could wind up in jail. That’s why it’s essential to make sure you know the terms of your probation prior to release so you don’t risk violating it. Your attorney can answer any questions you have and help you if you are accused of violating your probation.