Violation of Probation
Probation is usually given to first time offenders or non-violent crimes. In some cases, jail time can be avoided with a sentence of probation. Probation is a type of a lenient sentence usually given to those convicted of a less serious offense.
Probation does not mean you are free after a conviction, there may be rules that restrict your movement, treatment programs for a specific number of hours, community service hours or you may be required to meet in person with your probation officer. Probation might help you avoid jail, but it requires strict adherence to the rules set for the period one is under probation.
A Violation of Probation Can Be for Not Completing ANY Condition of the Sentence, Including:
- Possession of a firearm
- Failing to appear before your probation officer
- Failing to serve your community service hours
- Failing a drug test
- Moving out of a restricted area specified in the conditions of your probation
- Associating with known criminals
- Not getting treatment or counselling
Judges Have Immense Power Over Probation Violations in Georgia
Violation of probation can result in harsh consequences which depend largely on the violation. A probation officer has considerable discretion to either send you to the court or let you off with a warning. If sent to court the judge has the power to revoke your probation or send you to jail. The judge can also revoke only a portion of the sentence, all this is at the judges’ sole discretion.
Usually, You Can’t Bond Out
The consequences of violating a probation can be serious, you might end up facing the original charges for the crime you first committed and end up receiving prison time.
If you have been caught violating the terms of a probation, you can land in hot water and will want a skilled attorney. The lawyers at Teston & Burruss in North Georgia have helped uphold the rights of the accused and sought justice on their behalf.
Charged with a New Crime
If you are charged with a new crime or offense it can be considered a serious violation. It can be something as simple as a misdemeanor or traffic ticket. Sometimes a judge will revoke probation for the remainder of the term of the sentence which can result in jail time or prison for months or years. Contact us at Teston & Burruss and hand over your worries to us.