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Potential Consequences of Violating Probation

April 14, 2015

Probation is a common alternative to incarceration that is available to individuals who meet the criteria. Instead of going to jail or prison, people placed under probation supervision can live at home provided they satisfy certain terms. These terms often include refraining from drug use, going to school, finding employment, and obeying the law. If you violate the terms of your probation, you could face some serious consequences.

Longer Probation

The longer you honor the terms of your probation, the sooner your probation period will be over. It’s not uncommon for judges to order additional probation in the event of a violation. Trying to cheat on your probation will only cause more distress in the long run.

Additional Terms

Most of the time, probation comes with a considerable number of terms, including going to school and finding gainful employment. If you do not responsibly honor those terms, the judge may add a few more terms. For example, using drugs during probation may lead to the additional requirement of drug treatment.

Home Detention

If you commit another crime while on probation, or otherwise prove that you are unfit to engage in civil society, the judge may order that you serve the rest of your probation term at home. You may be forced to wear a GPS device that tracks your position and alerts the authorities if you stray from home.

Jail Time

The most serious probation violations result in incarceration. Depending on the nature of the violation, you may have to spend the rest of your probation term in jail or prison, or even have your total punishment time extended.

If you believe that you are unfairly accused of violating the terms of your probation, reach out to criminal defense attorney Janet Altschuler. Janet Altschuler has more than 17 years of experience representing the interests of Tucson residents, and she’ll gladly argue on your behalf.

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