When someone is convicted of a crime in New Jersey, there are various punishments he or she may face. Sometimes, instead of going to jail for a crime, one may be sentenced to probation. Probation allows a person to serve his or her sentence within his community, under the supervision of a probation officer, instead of in jail. Because the person is allowed to serve his sentence at home, rather than in jail, there are some strict guidelines offenders need to follow. Violating probation can have some serious consequences, so it is important to adhere to the guidelines of probation. Read on to learn more about probation violations in New Jersey.
What are Probation Guidelines in New Jersey?
Criminal offenders in New Jersey can be placed on probation for one to five years. Depending on the offender’s behavior, this time can be extended or terminated early. During this time, a probation officer may practice random check-ins to make sure the offender is following the rules. If any probation guidelines are violated, the individual can be charged with a probation violation. Some common 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
- Not breaking any laws
- Urine monitoring
What Happens if I Violate Probation?
When a person violates probation, his or her probation officer will file a Violation of Probation (VOP) complaint with the court. This outlines the violation in detail. A court hearing will then be held to determine whether the complaint is valid. If the offender fails to attend, a warrant can be issued for his arrest, which can lead to even more legal trouble. During the hearing, the judge will listen to the individual’s explanation. If the judge decides he or she did not violate probation, the individual can be let go. If the judge decides rules that the offender is guilty, penalties can be imposed depending on the severity of the case. In fact, violating probation can even result in jail time.
If you have violated your probation, or you have any questions regarding your probation guidelines, contact our firm today. We understand that people make mistakes and we are here to act as your advocate. Do not hesitate to reach out and speak with an experienced and dedicated criminal defense attorney.
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