Based on the crime committed, a judge can sentence you to jail, probation, or a combination of both.
Probation, where a person is released into the community under court supervision and monitored for a set period of time, is generally granted to people with no prior criminal history or those charged with lower-level misdemeanors.
Court supervision is usually conducted by a probation officer. Each office maintains standard rules and conditions of probation. A judge may place specific and or additional conditions or rules of probation in any case.
What are the rules of probation?
The rules or conditions of probation vary from case to case and state to state. Some of the more common terms are, that you as a defendant:
- Report to the probation officer at such times and places as directed
- Comply with the probation officer’s instructions, and respond truthfully to all inquiries
- Comply with all orders of the Court, including any order for the payment of money
- Notify the probation officer immediately of any arrest or questioning by an officer
- Diligently seek and maintain lawful employment
- Be of good conduct, obey all laws, and be arrest-free
- Submit to searches and permit your probation officer to visit your residence
- Not associate with any person having a criminal record
- Not use, sell, possess, transport, or be in the presence of drugs
- Participate in, and satisfactorily complete a specific program
- Enroll and participate in mental health counseling
- Not leave the county without permission of the probation officer
- Submit to breath, blood or urine testing at the direction of the probation officer
What Happens When You Violate Your Probation?
If your probation officer believes that you have violated one or more conditions of probation, a probation violation will be filed with the court. You may have time added to your probation, be ordered to pay additional costs, or be sent to jail and have your probation revoked entirely.
Each State Court Handles Probation Violations Differently
Although most states criminal laws and statutes that are the same around the state, each circuit court judge has his or her own set of rules or conditions that need to be followed in probation matters.
When you face a probation violation, you need a lawyer on your side that is familiar with New Hampshire probation process in order to enhance your chances of a successful outcome.
Contact Whitney S. Boan, P.A. Orlando, FL who has handled hundreds of probation violation as well as other criminal law matters – not just in Florida – but in neighboring states over a span of the past several years.
We work hard to understand your story and we make sure the judge understands your circumstances. We also help clients who are facing criminal charges for failing to appear in court. We are available for case evaluations around the clock.