What Am I Facing For A Probation Violation?

by J.D. Garrett on July 22, 2012

In most cases when someone is convicted of a criminal charge, they will have some or their entire sentence suspended. The suspended sentence might be a fine or jail time. The suspended sentence is suspended subject to certain conditions of probation. Probation might just be “uniformed good behavior”, meaning the defendant must not receive any further criminal charges, or it may require “supervised probation” with monitoring by a probation officer. Also, the court will attach a time period of the probation from a few months to a couple of years to indefinite.

When an individual is charged with a probation violation, they are subject to whatever sentence remains suspended, but no more. Depending upon the nature of the violation, the judge may impose or resuspend any of that suspended sentence. For minor violations, such as failing to maintain employment or occasional lack of contact with a probation officer may result in little or no additional sentence. If someone has committed a new offense or absconded from supervision, the court may decide to impose most of the unserved sentence.

Another factor to be considered for a probation violation is whether or not it is a first violation. While it is should not be presumed, many first time probation violations are treated less harshly than subsequent offenses.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a probation violation in Virginia Beach, our criminal defense lawyers are available to help. Contact our office for a free consultation 24/7/365. (757) 422-4646.

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