In Arizona and in other states in the nation, probation is used as an alternative punishment to jail time and has specific conditions and terms which need to be followed.
However, failure to abide by probation is common. If the terms of probation are violated, the penalties could include revocation of probation, invocation of original sentence, and immediate time in jail or prison,
The following are the most common types of probation violations:
- Failure to pay court imposed fines or restitution to victims
- Failure to appear in court for a scheduled court appearance
- Failure to check in with the judge or probation officer
- Failure to comply with a court order
- Failure to complete counseling
- Miss a drug test or test positive or diluted
- Drinking if your probation specified no alcohol
- Travel out of state, visit certain places, or met with certain people without the consent of the probation officer
- Remove any security monitoring device
- Get behind on court fees, fines, restitution or community service
- Possess a firearm
- Get arrested for another criminal offense
In many cases, there are typically acceptable explanations as to why a probation violation has occurred and our Mesa criminal defense attorneys will use any relevant evidence to develop an effective and personalized defense strategy. In cases where the violation was a legitimate mistake, the court may reinstate you on probation instead of imposing any additional penalties.
If you have been accused of violating your probation, contact Naegle & Crider Criminal Defense Attorneys at (480) 418-0776 or fill out our online form to schedule a free case consultation today.