If you are released on probation, it will be under certain conditions. These conditions can vary widely but there are some that are more common than others. Whatever the conditions are, it is essential that you follow them. If you do not, then you could be charged with violating your probation and sent back to jail. Read on to get the facts about some common conditions and then contact Chambers Law Firm at 855-397-0210 if you need a free legal consultation for these or other charges.
Common Conditions of Misdemeanor Probation
In most cases, a person on misdemeanor probation will be responsible for paying fines and / or restitution to the victim. They may be required to participate in individual and / or group therapy. The judge may require that they complete a certain number of hours of community service or roadside work through Caltrans. They may be required to seek employment and to follow any restraining orders issued against them.
Common Conditions of Felony Probation
Due to the fact that a felony is a more serious charge than a misdemeanor, it is likely no surprise that the common conditions for felony probation are often more serious than the conditions for misdemeanor probation. In most cases, you will be required to have meetings with your probation officer once per month, though it may be more often.
You will likely have to pay restitution and take part in individual or group therapy. You may be asked to submit to drug tests if your charge was a drug crime. You are likely to have to perform community service. The police will be able to search you and your property without a warrant or probable cause. You must also comply with orders to stay away from any victims of your crimes.
Potential Penalties for Violating Probation
If you are caught violating the terms of your probation, a number of things could happen. If it is seen as a minor offense by the courts, then you may get nothing more than a warning. They could also add restrictions to your probation to make it more challenging. In other cases, they may send you to jail to serve the remainder of your probation.
If the violation in question was illegal on its own account, you could face additional charges. For example, if you broke the terms of a restraining order, you not only may face your probation being revoked, you could have additional charges filed.
Talk to an Attorney for Help with Misdemeanor or Felony Probation Questions
If you have questions about misdemeanor or felony probation, your next call should be to Chambers Law Firm at 855-397-0210 for a free legal consultation. We will carefully consider your case to find the best way forward. You are not in this alone – let us help you today.