When someone is convicted of a crime, they will often face very serious penalties, including jail, high fines, community service, and more. However, there are times where a judge can order a period of probation, in lieu of jail time. But probation often comes with rigid terms. If you violate those terms, you can expect to face serious penalties, including jail. Please continue reading and reach out to our New Jersey criminal defense lawyers to learn more about probation violations in NJ and how we can help you. Here are some of the questions you may have:
Common Probation Violations
Each person’s probation conditions are 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-ordered educational programs (anger management, drug treatment, etc.)
- New arrests
- Failing a drug test
- Refusing to take a drug test
- Failing to participate in or complete community service
- Failing to pay fines or restitution
- Failing to meet with your probation officer
What are the consequences of a probation violation?
If you are charged with 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(s).
- You and your New Jersey criminal defense attorney will receive the complaint and prepare your defense.
- You will attend a hearing, wherein the prosecutor’s office will represent the probation officer who will advise the court of violations and your attorney will have an opportunity to argue your defenses.
- The judge will determine whether the violation truly occurred.
If the judge determines you violated the conditions of your probation, you can face significant penalties, including 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.
Contact our experienced New Jersey firm
If you have recently been charged with a crime, you need knowledgeable legal counsel on your side. Our firm has helped countless individuals navigate the complex legal system for years, and we are ready to provide you with the legal assistance you deserve and need to move on with your life. Contact Rem Katcher Law Group, P.C. today to learn more about how our firm can assist you through this difficult time.