How ‘Not’ to Violate Your Probation

It doesn’t matter if you’re working a blue or white collar employment because when it comes to being successful at any job all work requires skill and dedication. And so to relax from our long days at work, a lot of us tend to go out and party. When we go out and party we tend to drink and as soon as the partying is over we want to go home and sleep in preparation for another day at work. But quite often after a night of partying, we get behind the wheel in a lapse of judgment. The police pull you over and next thing you know you get charged with a DUI. If you have a good lawyer and if it’s your first offense, instead of jail the judge gives you probation. You’re happy. You thank your lawyer tremendously. You head back to work but after another long and difficult week at the job, you end up going out for another night of partying and drinking. You get behind the wheel and get caught with another DUI. You violated your probation and get arrested. The judge is not lenient the second time around. You get sent to jail. Welcome to the consequences of violating your probation.

The steps to violations of your probation consist of the following:

1. The Initial Arrest

In order to first get on probation, you have to get arrested for a crime. The second arrest while

on probation is the first step to getting it revoked and set back to jail.

2. First Appearances and Bond

The laws of the United States guarantee everyone who gets arrested a chance to get out on

bond but in most cases, judges will be reluctant to give a bond to anyone who gets arrested

while on probation.

3. A Violation of Probation Hearing

The violation of probation hearing is the proceedings to determine if you actually violated

your probation. Just like every other legal proceeding, a prosecutor needs facts in order to find

you guilty of the violation.

4. The Sentencing

If you are found innocent then you get a chance to walk out of court a happy person and go

back to the terms of your original probation. But if it is determined that you are guilty, the

prosecutor will certainly push for the maximum penalty and the judge will more than likely

allow that to occur.

Staying out of trouble and not violating your probation.

• Meet with your probation officer on a set schedule and on a consistent basis

• Attend counseling related to your offense, such as drug or alcohol abuse or anger

management

• Be accessible to random drug tests

• No traveling/ stay in a specific geographic area and/or wear an ankle monitor

• Avoid contact with known criminals, such as members of a gang or known felons

• Perform required community service

• Appear during scheduled court appearances on set date and time

• Pay required fines or restitution (to victims) as ordered by the court

• Don’t possess, use, or sell illegal drugs

• Don’t commit other crimes or offenses

• Don’t get arrested

Jail is never a good place to be in. If you ever find yourself in a legal hassle you don’t know how to get out of, don’t hesitate to contact us at Carlos Gonzalez Law.