- Failing to report to the probation officer
- Failing to appear for a required court date
- Refusing to submit to or failing a drug or alcohol test
- Failing to pay restitution or fines ordered by the court
- Being arrested or cited for a crime
- Failing to comply with a court order, such as a restraining order
Possible DefensesIf you are facing charges for violating your probation, it’s important to enlist the defense of an experienced criminal attorney who can evaluate the situation and determine your options. In some cases the defendant has valid reasons for violating the terms of probation, such as:
- Defendant is indigent: If the defendant did not pay court-ordered restitution or fines because they lack the financial resources needed to do so, they judge may dismiss the probation violation.
- Defendant was hospitalized or incarcerated: If the defendant missed a court appearance or meeting with their probation officer because they were in the hospital or incarcerated, the probation violation charges could be dropped.
- Defendant was arrested for a new crime but never convicted: If the defendant has been charged with a new crime, their defense lawyer can seek to have the violation of probation charge delayed until the new case is completed. In most cases, the judge will then dismiss the probation charge if the defendant was arrested but never charged with a new crime or if they were acquitted of the new charge.