If you were convicted of a misdemeanor or low-level felony offense, a judge may have placed you on probation, rather than imposing an active jail sentence. Your probation may be unsupervised, meaning that you must simply maintain a clean record during the probationary period. Your probation may also be supervised, meaning that you may also be required to meet periodically with a probation officer, pay monthly costs and fees, submit to drug tests and warrantless searches, and comply with certain other requirements.
If you violate the terms of your probation, your probation officer will file a violation report with the court. Your case will be set for a hearing where a judge will determine whether you violated your probation. If the judge finds that you did not violate your probation, you will continue on probation. If you admit the probation violation, or if the judge finds that you did violate your probation, the judge has a number of options with respect to your case. For minor violations such as missed payments, the judge may simply continue you on probation or extend the length of your probation. For more serious violations such as missed meetings with your probation officer, failed drug tests, new charges, or absconding from probation, the judge may extend your probation, order that you serve weekends in jail, or activate your suspended jail sentence.
If your probation officer has accused you of violating your probation, our experienced attorneys can help you fight the accusation and continue on probation. If you did violate your probation, we can help you avoid activation of your jail sentence, or help you secure a reduced jail sentence. Contact our office today for a consultation in your particular case.