I’ve violated my probation: What’s next?

On Behalf of | Jul 27, 2020 | Probation Violations

If you are currently on probation, you know that you are only one wrong move away from facing jail time. Therefore, you’re probably worried about making a mistake or unintentionally violating a rule. If you believe that you may have violated your probation, you may be nervous to learn whether there will be consequences for your actions

What constitutes a violation of probation will depend on the exact terms and conditions of your probation. You may violate your probation by using or selling illegal drugs, not appearing in court, or failing to report to your probation officer as required. In some situations, when you visit certain people or places, that can also violate your patrol. If you violated your probation, you can expect the following things to happen next.

You’ll get a request to appear in court

In most cases, you’ll first receive a warning or a request to appear in court. You’ll only be required to appear in court if your probation officer believes that your violation was serious enough to warrant it.

There will be a determination and sentencing

There will then be a probation hearing to establish what occurred and whether a violation occurred. Your history of probation violations will also be considered in the hearing. The prosecution will need to prove that the probability of the violation occurring is more than 50%. Shortly after, sentencing will occur if you are found guilty.

If you have been accused of violating your probation, you have the right to defend yourself and convince the judge that you did not commit a violation. Make sure that you take early action so you can do this successfully.