What Happens if I Violate My Probation in New York State?

If you are someone who was convicted of a crime, though you were offered probation in lieu of going to jail, you should consider yourself lucky, in some ways. However, if you recently were allegedly caught violating your terms of probation, there is a very good chance that you are facing very serious legal trouble. New York courts do not take violating probation lightly, which is why if you are charged with violating probation, you absolutely need the assistance of an experienced Rockland County criminal defense attorney who can fight for your rights. Please continue reading and reach out to our firm to learn more about the violation of probation, how we can help you if you are being charged with doing so, and what the legal process ahead looks like. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What are some of the most frequent probation conditions?

The most common conditions that those on probation must abide by are as follows:

  • You will oftentimes be assigned a Probation Officer who you must regularly report to
  • You may have to submit to random searches
  • You may be required by the courts to get a job and keep it
  • Depending on your initial charge, you may have to submit to drug testing
  • Depending on your initial offense, you may have to attend court-ordered drug or alcohol rehabilitation programs.
  • Mandatory payment of heavy fines

What are some ways that a person could violate probation?

You may violate your probation terms by doing the following:

  • Neglecting to attend court-ordered substance abuse programs
  • Being caught possessing drugs
  • Committing another crime
  • Neglecting to pay mandatory fines
  • Failing drug tests

What happens if I am caught violating probation in New York?

You will first have to stand in front of the just who sentenced you to begin with, wherein you may or may not deny violating probation. If you admit to your charges and display remorse, as long as your violation was not serious, you may be resentenced to probation. If you choose to deny your charges, you should retain an experienced Rockland County criminal defense attorney for your hearing. If the court can prove a preponderance of evidence, you will most likely be sentenced to jail. Keep in mind that “preponderance of evidence” simply means that all they have to prove is that there is a 50% chance the charges are true. Do not face this courtroom with an experienced attorney on your side. Our firm is here to help.

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.