- being arrested on any charge
- failing to report to a probation officer at the scheduled times
- committing a crime
- possessing an illegal substance or weapon
- failing to attend rehabilitation or to complete community service
- failing to pay a court-ordered fine or restitution to the victim
- failing to appear at a scheduled court appearance
- not complying with a "stay-away" condition
- violating any of the individual's probation rules and conditions
Significant Consequences of Probation Violations
A violation of your probation can have very serious consequences. When a violation has been committed and proved, the issue of whether the individual committed the crime that led to the probation is no longer important; the individual is now eligible for the same punishment that the underlying crime carries.
The Judge Needs Only a Preponderance of Evidence
In addition, a judge will decide the probation-violation hearing, not a jury. Plus, the district attorney does not have to prove the probation violation "beyond a reasonable doubt" - only a "preponderance of evidence" is necessary. These two aspects of probation violations are not helpful to the person on probation, and it's therefore all the more important to have a skilled defense attorney working on your behalf when you're facing a probation violation.
Schedule a private appointment with criminal defense lawyer Anna R. Yum today and learn more about your defense options.