Probation can be a gift from above or a nightmare from below. In some cases, a defendant is ecstatic to get a shot to prove they can follow the rules and be placed on probation instead of going to prison. In other cases, being placed on probation can be one step above a total loss for a person accused of a crime. Whether you were happy to get placed on probation or horrified that you were ordered to be on probation there are certain things you need to know to be successful. The most important rule to probation is to understand what is expected of you and meet or exceed that expectation. Sometimes that is easier said than done. Often expectations can be unrealistic, or you may have a personality conflict with your probation officer. It is important to remember that your probation officer has a tremendous amount of power over you, and you need to act accordingly. The last thing you want to do is start off on the wrong foot with your probation officer. That can lead to more stringent regulations while on probation and/or a less forgiving attitude if you have a problem.
If during the course of your probation, you have a violation or an alleged violation you may face a sanction or you may face a revocation of your probation all together. In many jurisdictions it is up to your probation officer as to which path you will be headed down. If you end up facing a revocation you need to hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer to help you fight the revocation or to at least put in place a plan to be reinstated on probation as opposed to face a jail sentence. Below are some very common questions associated with both probation and a probation revocation. If you have questions that aren't answered, below feel free to call our office for a free consultation.