What are the consequences of violating probation?

On Behalf of | Mar 26, 2018 | Criminal Defense

Probation is one possible outcome that can occur if the courts convict you of a crime or you plead guilty to criminal charges. Probation sentences carry conditions that you must meet to avoid jail and, in some cases, a criminal record. The type of probation offenders receive is dependent on the type of criminal conviction they receive. Typically, probation sentences for misdemeanor offenses are less harsh than felony community supervision requirements. 

Many people in the Fort Myers area believe that being released in exchange for good behavior is a cakewalk. They do not realize that there are consequences for violating the rules of their probation. Take some to consider the following information on the consequences of probation violations. 

Common causes of probation violations 

Probation violations are common in the criminal justice system and can occur through willful or unintentional noncompliance. Common causes of probation violations include the following:

  • Missing court hearings or meetings with a probation officer
  • Failing drug or alcohol tests
  • Engaging in criminal activities
  • Failing to pay fines and restitution
  • Failing to maintain enrollment in school or gainful employment
  • Failing to complete community service 

The consequences of violating community supervision conditions 

Violating probation is a serious offense. When the court has issued the terms of your community supervision, you agreed to adhere to them. Noncompliance can have serious ramifications on your life and cost you your freedom. The following are ways the criminal justice system penalizes probation violations:

  • Issuing contempt of court charges
  • Issuing warrant for arrest
  • Implementing a tougher sentence
  • Offering another chance with the same probation terms
  • Extending probation length and increasing requirements
  • Rescinding probation offer and enforcing incarceration sentence 

If the courts offer you probation and you agree to it, you are legally bound to comply with all requirements. When you become aware of potential issues that might prevent you from complying, you should discuss them with your probation officer. If a situation occurs that causes you to violate the conditions of your community supervision agreement, notify your probation officer. You may also benefit from speaking with an attorney about the matter.