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Probation is a very difficult process and you are required to abide by many confusing rules and procedures in order to successfully complete probation.
If you have been convicted of a crime to which the judge sentenced you to probation supervision, you have agreed to abide by certain “terms and conditions,” which include, but are not limited to: you cannot violate any laws (state, federal or local), you cannot use drugs or alcohol, you must meet with your probation officer as often as they deem appropriate, etc. Additionally, the court may require you to attend treatment or therapy and you may be required to submit to urinalysis testing. You will be assigned a probation officer to ensure that you comply with these “terms and conditions.” If your probation officer believes that you have violated any of the “terms and conditions” or other court-imposed conditions they will submit a summons to order you back to court to answer to the judge about the alleged violations.
Oftentimes, a violation comes from a misunderstanding between the probationer and their probation officer. A good defense lawyer can work with your probation officer to clear the air or convince them to make a less harsh recommendation or to give you another chance. Sometimes, however, a revocation hearing is necessary and it is important that you have a smart, aggressive defense lawyer to defend your rights and obtain a less severe result than what your probation officer is recommending.
If you are a probationer and you think your probation officer may “violate” you, or if you face a probation revocation, you should contact a defense attorney immediately to ensure the best possible outcome.