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For minor crimes such as misdemeanors, a judge may order punishment other than jail time. He or she may allow the person to go on probation, which is a court order. Under this court order, the person is allowed to stay in their community under certain restrictions. They are supervised by a probation officer.

Probation does not always help a person avoid jail time completely. It is possible for a person to have both probation and jail time. For example, a person could serve a shortened sentence by agreeing to probation upon release.

The goal of probation is to keep the public safe. When a person violates probation, the public’s safety is threatened. Therefore, you must go before a judge and meet your fate, which may include anything from a warning to a jail sentence.

If you have violated probation, seek criminal defense from the Angleton probation violations lawyers at Scott M. Brown & Associates. They can help you avoid jail time and other serious penalties.

Conditions of Probation

A person may be given multiple probation conditions, which include:

  • Fines
  • Community service
  • Counseling
  • Reporting to probation officer
  • Restrictions on drugs, alcohol and weapons

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Under 18 U.S. Code § 3563, there are mandatory conditions of probation that must be met. A person convicted of an infraction, misdemeanor or felony must not commit another crime while on probation. The person must also refrain from possessing unlawful substances. For felony charges, the person must also perform community service or pay restitution to the victim, if applicable. If the person was convicted of a sex offense, he or she must also register with the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.

In some cases, a person may be ordered to undergo psychiatric treatment, support his or her family, work at suitable employment and refrain from meeting with certain people.

Punishment for Probation Violations

A person who violates probation may face various consequences, such as:

  • Warning. For minor violations that do not jeopardize the safety of others, you may simply be given a warning and asked not to engage in the same activity again or you will face more severe consequences.
  • Probation hearing. If you have already been warned about a violation, you may need to attend a hearing, in which the judge can extend the terms of your probation, add more requirements or even revoke it.
  • Fines. You may be punished with additional fines, even if you already paid fines as part of your probation.
  • Jail or prison. If your violation was severe, you may face a jail or prison sentence.

Have You Violated Probation?

Probation is a condition that needs to be taken seriously. However, mistakes sometimes happen or people are accused of doing things they did not do. This is when you require a strong criminal defense to avoid jail time and other forms of punishment.

The Angleton probation violations lawyers at Scott M. Brown & Associates are happy to help you with your legal issues. Our attorneys have many years of criminal defense experience and we can help you achieve a favorable outcome. To learn more, contact us today at (979) 258-6813.

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