Probation is a period of court-ordered supervision, given in place of jail time or even following time served. During your probationary period, you will have to abide by certain rules. If you break even one rule, you could be resentenced. If you have been accused of violating the terms of your probation, please read on, then contact an experienced Rockland County criminal defense attorney to learn what the consequences are for a probation violation in New York.
What are the consequences for a probation violation in New York?
In New York, probation can last up to five years. If a probationer violates any of the terms and conditions of probation, his or her probation officer may file a Violation of Probation with the sentencing court. The sentencing judge may then impose additional conditions to the probation order or may even impose the original sentence of incarceration. The court has a great deal of discretion in probationary matters. The judge’s determination will hinge upon the number of times, if any, you have previously violated probation and the severity of your alleged violations.
What are the most common probation violations in New York?
Probation violations take many forms. The most common are as follows:
- Missing regular visits with an assigned probation officer
- Nonattendance of court-ordered drug or alcohol treatment, or special classes
- Failing periodic drug tests
- Going outside a designated geographic area
- Breaking curfew
- Nonpayment of fines or restitution
- Refusing to submit to a warrantless search
- Failure to register as a sex offender, if your crime was sexual
- Not installing an interlock device on your vehicle, if you’ve had multiple DUI convictions
- Not completing community service
- Associating with criminals or crime-ridden areas
- Possession of weapons
- Committing any other crimes or infractions
How can a New York probation violation lawyer help you?
As previously indicated, probation violations are not limited to the actions listed above. There are countless other conditions, including ones specific to your unique case, that you might not even be aware of. Furthermore, many of these conditions might be needlessly or unrealistically restrictive. Reaching out to a skilled Rockland County criminal defense attorney can make all the difference between a warning and a lengthy prison sentence.
Contact our experienced Rockland County firm
Those facing criminal charges in New York need a strong Rockland County defense attorney who knows the ins and outs of the criminal justice system. Fortunately, our firm is ready to put over 30 years of experience to work for you. Call today or contact The Law Office of Carl Spector online to schedule a free confidential consultation. We are ready to help you go on living life positively, happily, and free from the burdens of a criminal conviction–all you have to do is ask.