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If you are placed on probation, the court will provide you with a set list of conditions that must be met in order to stay on probation.
Remember, probation is a privilege, not a right. If you violate the conditions of your probation you could have it revoked and you could finish the rest of your sentence (and then some) in jail. Some conditions you may be required to follow include:
- Reporting to your probation officer
- Visitation at home or work
- Finding and maintaining employment
- Staying within a specified area or avoiding specified areas
- Not associating with others who frequently commit crimes
- Paying victim reparations – such as restitution
- Not breaking the law
- Paying all court fines, costs, and other fees required
- Taking alcohol or drug tests
If your probation officer feels you are not meeting the conditions listed in your probation, then he or she can arrest you with a warrant and you will have to go to court.
These cases are not like your original court case and you will have to prove to the judge that you either did not violate the terms of your probation or that you deserve a chance to remain on probation.
Consequences of a VOP (Violation of Probation)
When found in violation of your probation conditions, the judge has the power to:
- Restore the probation
- Modify your probation terms and conditions
- Change the supervision
- Revoke probation and sentence you back to jail or prison
A revocation of your probation means that you will be adjudicated guilty of that original offense and the judge can give you the sentence that was originally imposed or harsher.
Terminating Probation Early
In the event you meet all terms of probation and you have paid all court fines, you may be qualified for a termination of probation. This requires the assistance of a criminal defense attorney and could mean an elimination of all conditions associated with your probation.
Contact West Palm Beach Probation Violation Lawyers
If your probation officer has cited you for a VOP, do not wait. Contacting a criminal defense attorney could be the difference between staying on probation and going back to jail.