If you are lucky enough to get probation after being convicted of a crime, you will have to follow strict rules. The consequences for breaking those rules, called probation violation, can be severe and may include steep fines or jail time.
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Understanding Probation Violation
In order to understand probation violation, you must know the rules of probation.
In Georgia generally, probation is a punishment for committing a crime that allows you to spend less time in jail or avoid jail time altogether. In exchange for this leniency, you agree to certain restrictions on your life.
Common probation rules require you to:
- Meet with your probation officer on a set schedule
- Attend counseling related to your offense, such as drug or alcohol abuse or anger management
- Get random drug tests
- Stay in a specific geographic area and/or wear a monitoring device
- Avoid contact with known criminals, such as members of your gang or other associates
- Perform community service
Probation is usually available only for misdemeanors and first-time offenders.
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Consequences of Probation Violation
Breaking the law while on probation in Georgia can cause you twice the amount of trouble. Not only is it a probation violation, but it also opens a new criminal case against you, separate from the violation charge.
There are technical violations and when you break any of these rules you are in trouble
- Skip a meeting with your probation officer
- Fail a urine test
- Associate with people you are supposed to avoid
- Fail to pay ordered fines or restitution
If you commit a new crime while on probation here are some of the potential consequences:
- Extension of the length of your probation
- Short jail stay followed by continuation of probation
- Revocation of probation, resulting in the jail time you had previously avoided
- Payment of a fine
If you have been charged with a probation violation, Edward Adams an Atlanta criminal defense attorney will fight to keep you out of jail, and will vigorously challenge the alleged probation violation. Because each case is different, your particular situation must be carefully reviewed to determine how best to challenge the alleged probation violation.
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