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Probation violation charges are serious and can lead to prison

One of the possible penalties that a person will face for a criminal conviction is to be placed on probation. This is sometimes called community supervision. The program allows the person to remain out of jail or prison, but he or she is placed under the supervision of an officer who monitors him or her while he or she lives in the community.

Probation programs come with a host of rules that the person must follow. These include rules like avoiding getting into more legal trouble, taking drug tests, avoiding alcohol, holding down a job and finding housing. It can restrict travel and limit who a person can spend time with since most programs forbid felons from socializing with other felons.

When a person is sentenced to probation, he or she is given a term for participation. During that term, they will have to visit their probation officer and submit to the requirements of the program for the length of that term.

A person who fails to comply with the terms of probation can face a probation violation. It is up to the probation officer to determine when there is a violation, which is one reason why it is a good idea for probationers to have a good, professional relationship with their probation officer. You could be spent to prison if your probation is revoked by the court, so it is in your best interest to comply with the program.

If you are facing a probation violation, you should understand that you aren't going to get a trial before your peers. These charges are handled strictly through bench trials, which is a trial in which the judge decides your fate. You should consider this so that you can plan your defense to the charge accordingly.

Source: FindLaw, "Probation Violation," accessed Sep. 20, 2017

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