When an individual is charged with a crime, he or she can be put on probation, rather than going to jail. Instead, the offender can serve his sentence at home, in his community. Because the offender will avoid jail time, there will be some strict guidelines to follow. Failing to follow these guidelines can result in some serious consequences. Read on to learn more about probation violations in Connecticut and what to do if you are charged with violating your probation.
What are Probation Guidelines?
If you are on probation, you will be assigned a probation officer. Additionally, depending on the circumstances, you will have different guidelines you will have to follow. Your 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 your probation officer
- Paying the fines associated with the charges you are facing
- Maintaining employment
- Participating in community service
- Attending counseling
- Abiding by a curfew
- Not breaking any other laws
- Urine monitoring
What Happens if I Violate Probation?
If you fail to follow the conditions of your probation, it will be considered a violation of probation. When this happens, your probation officer will file a violation of probation (VOP). This report will relay the details of the violation and your probation officer may return your 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 you are guilty of violating probation. If you are found not guilty, you can be let go. If the violation is proved, you may be sentenced to jail.
What are Defenses Against Probation Violations?
There are various defenses a criminal defense lawyer can use when it comes to a probation violation. Some of the possible avenues to explore include:
- 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
If you are facing a probation violation, contact our firm today. Our skilled and dedicated attorneys will work to explore all possible defenses. We understand that people make mistakes and we will advocate for you throughout all of your criminal defense matters. Do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.
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