When a person is convicted of a crime in Connecticut, a judge can sentence them to probation as part of their sentence. This can begin immediately after they are sentenced or, if they were incarcerated as part of their sentence, it will begin after they are released. When probation begins, the individual is assigned a probation officer who they are required to report to. The probation officer provides a list of rules and conditions they are required to follow. If the individual fails to do so, it is known as a probation violation. If you are facing a probation violation, it is important to retain the services of an experienced Connecticut criminal defense attorney for assistance.
What are Probation Guidelines?
Individuals who are released on probation are required to report to their probation officer on the day and time they are told to. They will place certain conditions of probation that the individual is required to follow. The probation officer can do random check-ins to make sure these rules are being followed. Some conditions of probation may include the following:
- Meeting with their probation officer
- Pay fines associated with the charges they are facing
- Maintain employment
- Participate in community service
- Attend counseling
- Abide by a curfew
- Do not break any laws
- Urine monitoring
What Happens if I Violate Probation?
When a person fails to follow the conditions of their probation, it is a violation of probation. When this happens, their probation officer may return their case to court. A court hearing will then be held regarding the matter. During this time, the judge will work to determine whether or not they are guilty of violating probation. If they are found not guilty, they can be let go. If the violation is proved, they may be sentenced to jail.
What are Defenses Against Probation Violations?
It is important to have the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney when facing probation violation charges. This is because there are a variety of defenses that can be used, such as:
- The alleged complaint is wrong
- The alleged acts are not a violation of probation
- The violation was minor or done by accident
- Good behavior makes further penalties unnecessary
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