After being convicted of a crime, you may have been put on probation. This is a period of time where you are allowed to live among society, but you have strict rules to follow. These rules can be challenging to keep up with, and many convicts violate their probation unknowingly. If you have violated your probation or think you may have violated your probation, it’s critical that you reach out to a defense attorney as soon as possible to learn more about your legal options.
Examples of Probation Requirements
There are many requirements of a probation, some of which are standard and some of which are imposed based on your particular case. The most common probation requirements are as follows:
- Attend mandatory counseling related to your crime, such as alcohol and drug counseling or sex offender counseling
- Avoid drugs and alcohol and submit to random drug testing
- Meet with your probation officer on a set schedule, without missing any appointments
- Wear a GPS monitoring device, or agree to stay within a certain geographical area, such as within your city
- Perform a set number of hours of community service
- Avoid remaining in contact with individuals who are known to be criminals, particularly individuals who were your past crime associates
- Obtain and keep a job
- Pay mandatory fines or restitution
- Notify the court of any address change
Consequences of a Probation Violation
If you are found to have violated your probation, the consequences can be harsh. You may be taken back to jail and/or have your probation extended for a lengthier period of time. You may also face higher fines, or have your probation revoked entirely. Many people who violate their probation aren’t prepared for how serious the impact can be.
When to Contact a Probation Violation Attorney
If you’ve knowingly violated your probation, or think you may have violated your probation but you aren’t sure, don’t hesitate to reach out to an experienced probation violation lawyer. Your lawyer can help you determine if you did, in fact, violate your probation, and if there were any extenuating circumstances that led to you doing so.
At the Law Offices of Tom Kokonowski, Esq., we can help you navigate the court system after a violation and will zealously advocate for the least severe penalty possible. Contact us today for a consultation to discuss your unique legal needs by calling 413.585.9200 in Northampton or 413.549.0022 in Amherst.