People charged with criminal offenses usually have probation as a part of their sentence. If the assigned terms of probation are not adhered to the defendant can be found in violation of probation.
An individual violates their probation they fail to adhere the outlined terms of probation, as dictated by the court. A violation can occur in one of two ways, 1) you are charged with a new crime, the new charge can be a very minor or it can be a major offense, or 2) failing to meet such the conditions of your probation set by the court.
When you violate the terms of your probation, any term, even a minor term, it will be considered a probation violation. There are numerous ways to violate your probation, here are a few:
- Not adhering to the requirement of checking in with the judge or probation officer
- Not adhering to the requirement of appearing in court when scheduled
- Not adhering to the requirement of paying a fine or court fee
- Not adhering to the requirement of complying with a court order
- Not adhering to the requirement of submitting to a mandatory drug test
- Not adhering to the requirement of refraining from taking drugs
- Not adhering to the requirement of completing community service
- Not adhering to the requirement of refraining from committing other offenses
- Not adhering to the requirement of refraining from interacting with criminal offenders
Once you have violated your probation, your probation officer will have to file an affidavit with the court that heard your case. The affidavit has to include an explanation of why it is believed that your probation has been violated. In response to the affidavit, the court issues an arrest warrant. The arrest warrant is then sent to the Sheriff’s Office. If it is a serious charge, the police may arrest you right away. If the charge is not serious, they will arrest you when their time and schedule permits the arrest.
If you or a loved one has violated the terms of their probation, do not hesitate to hire an attorney. Violating probation can have life-changing consequences. No matter what actions or inactions led to your probation violation, the attorney’s with Zeribe Law Offices can help you. Do not waste time, pick up the phone and call us so that we can formulate a plan that will best suit your needs.
Contact us today, at 770-840-9098