Probation can be a challenging aspect of dealing with a criminal conviction. While you have some freedoms, there are several restrictions that you need to remember.
The court will often take it very seriously if you violate your probation. Probation violations can lead to severe consequences, including revoking your probation.
These are some of the ways people accidentally violate their probation.
Losing your job
It is essential to ensure you understand the conditions of your probation. If your probation includes being in school or keeping a job, you need to make every effort to ensure you meet those conditions. If you lose your job or get expelled from school, it could result in a violation.
There are some instances where something happens that is out of your control. In these situations, you need to talk to your probation officer and an experienced attorney to help you avoid a violation.
Missing an appointment, meeting or hearing
Whether you are meeting with your probation officer or having a court hearing to review your progress, every appointment is essential. There are very few reasons to miss one of these appointments, and the consequences of risking being absent can be severe.
If something comes up and you will be unable to attend your appointment, it is best to speak up as soon as possible, ideally before the appointment. Typically issues like getting scheduled for work are not considered valid and could result in a violation.
Mistakes are a part of life. However, when it comes to your probation, it is essential to learn what conditions you must meet so you can avoid revocation of your probation.