Probation violations occur when someone has violated a term of their probation. Common probation violations are: violating a law, failure to complete community service/work program, failure to register or complete classes, and failure to pay fines or restitution. There are several other types of violations but they are specific to each individual’s probationary terms.
A probation violation can result in the defendant being sentenced to the maximum time allowed by law for the underlying charge. For instance, if the defendant violated a term of probation for a misdemeanor with a 6 month maximum jail sentence, a judge could impose up to 6 months for the violation. While this may not occur in every case, it is important to hire an attorney to represent you for these violations. Violations can be negotiated, fought, and reinstated. Do not just allow the court to make its own determination and sentence.
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