If you have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor in the state of Georgia, chances are you will be sentenced to probation for a period of time instead of or after serving time in jail. During probation, you are required to abide by certain rules and regulations that are often strictly enforced. Violating these rules could cause you to face increased penalties and even warrant for your arrest.
What is Considered Violating Probation?
There are three kinds of probation violation in Georgia:
- Technical Violation involves a technicality such as failing to pay fines, failing to report to your probation officer, etc.
- Special Condition Violation occurs if you fail to meet a requirement, such as having employment, staying away from certain people, not using alcohol or drugs, etc.
- Substantive Violation occurs if you are arrested for another crime committed while on probation, such as a DUI, or selling drugs, etc.
General Conditions of Probation
Examples of general conditions of probation include:
- Do not violate any laws
- Avoid alcohol intoxication, illegal drugs, and drugs that are not prescribed to you
- Report to your probation officer when instructed
- Work faithfully at suitable employment insofar as may be possible
- Seek employment
- Do not leave the state or move at any time without permission of your probation officer
Consequences of Violating Probation
The consequences of violating probation are determined by many factors. When you violate probation, you may be required to attend a court hearing to determine whether a violation happened and to decide punishment.
Many factors can make your consequences more severe such as the seriousness of your crime and previous criminal record. Consequences may include:
- More probation time
- Jail time
- Large fines
- More community service
- Additional counseling
- Added special conditions
Hiring an Attorney
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