When an individual commits a crime, there are different forms of punishment. In some cases, you can be offered probation. This means that you serve your sentence at home, rather than in jail. But, being on probation means you have to follow some strict guidelines. If you break your probation guidelines, you will face some serious consequences, including jail time. Read on to learn more about probation in New Jersey and what happens if you violate your probation.
What are Probation Guidelines in New Jersey?
Criminal offenders in New Jersey can be placed on probation for up to five years. Depending on behavior, this time can be extended or terminated. If an individual violates any conditions of his or her probation, the individual can be charged with a probation violation. During this time, a probation officer can do random check-ins to make sure the rules are being followed. Some typical probation guidelines include:
- Meeting with your probation officer
- Paying fines associated with the charges you are facing
- Maintaining employment
- Participating in community service
- Attending counseling
- Abiding by a curfew
- Continuing the follow the law
- Urine monitoring
What Happens if I Violate Probation?
If you are caught violating your probation, your probation officer will file a Violation of Probation (VOP). This document outlines the violation in detail. After this, a court hearing will then be held to determine whether the complaint is valid. If you fail to attend, a warrant can be issued for your arrest. Obviously, this can cause a whole slew of additional legal trouble. During the hearing, the judge will listen to your explanation for violating probation. If the judge decides you did not violate your probation, you can be let go. But, if the judge decides you are guilty, penalties can be imposed depending on the severity of the case. It is important to know that this could result in revoking your probation and you can face time in jail.
What are Defenses Against Probation Violations?
If you are faced with a probation violation, you will need the help of a skilled criminal defense attorney. Some of the possible defenses our firm will explore include:
- The alleged complaint is wrong
- The alleged acts are not a violation of probation
- The violation was minor or committed by accident
- Good behavior makes further penalties unnecessary
If you have violated your probation, contact our firm today to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney.
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When someone is charged with a crime, they have a lot to consider. However, we understand that everyone makes mistakes, which is why we are here to help. No matter your circumstances, if you are facing criminal charges, contact the Law Offices of Michael A. Policastro today for the experienced legal counsel you deserve and need.