When someone is convicted of a crime, they will often face very serious penalties, including jail time, high fines, community service, and more. However, there are times when a judge can order a person to go on probation, usually in lieu of jail time. For many, though probation isn’t ideal, it is a great way for them to stay out of jail and keep their lives intact. That being said, probation often comes with rigid terms, and if you violate those terms, you can expect to face very serious criminal penalties, including jail time. Please continue reading and reach out to our Nassau County criminal defense attorney to learn more about what happens if you’re accused of a probation violation in New York and how we can help you. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What may be considered a probation violation in New York?
Each person’s probation sentence is unique to their specific situation and the details surrounding their crime. A violation of any of these terms can result in severe consequences. Some of the most common probation violations our firm sees are as follows:
- Failing to attend court-mandated educational programs
- Ignoring an assigned curfew
- Getting arrested again
- Failing a court-ordered drug test
- Refusing to take a court-ordered drug test
- Failing to participate in court-ordered community service
- Failing to pay fines or restitution
- Failing to report to your probation officer
Will I go to jail if I’m found guilty of violating my probation?
If you are allegedly caught violating probation, you can expect the following:
- Your probation officer will file a Violation of Probation complaint, which will include the circumstances of the violation.
- You and your Nassau County criminal defense attorney will receive the complaint and prepare your defense.
- You will attend a hearing, wherein your parole officer will state his case and your attorney will state your defense.
- The judge will determine whether the violation truly occurred.
If the judge determines you did, in fact, violate your probation, you will most likely face significant penalties, such as additional probation conditions, a longer term of probation, or even jail. This is why it is so important that you do not proceed without a seasoned legal team on your side. With so much on the line, don’t take any chances with who you hire to defend your rights.