What You Need to Know About Probation Violations in New York State

In many cases, when someone is convicted of a crime, they will have to undergo probation, as opposed to a jail sentence. For many, this is relatively welcome, as nobody wants to spend time in jail. However, probation requirements are often rather stringent, and if you are charged with violating the terms of your probation, you risk serious criminal penalties. Please continue reading and speak with our Rockland County criminal defense attorney to learn about probation violations in New York and how our firm can help. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What are some common probation requirements in New York?

There are various common probation requirements in New York State, including the following:

  • You will have to report to an assigned Probation Officer
  • You may have to obtain employment
  • You may have to submit to drug tests
  • You may have to participate in a court-ordered drug/alcohol rehabilitation program (depending on your charges)
  • You may be required to pay certain fines
  • You may be subject to random searches

What are some examples of probation violations?

Some of the most common probation violations are as follows:

  • Getting arrested for another crime while on probation
  • Not attending court-ordered substance abuse programs
  • Being searched and found with drugs
  • Failing to pay fines
  • Failing drug tests

What are the consequences of violating probation?

If you are charged with violating probation, you will face the judge who sentenced you to probation initially. You then have a right to deny your charges or plead guilty. If you plead guilty, you will either be sent to jail or resentenced to probation. However, if you plead not guilty, you and your attorney will attend a hearing wherein the court must prove a preponderance of evidence regarding the violation of your probation. If the court believes that there is at least a 50% chance that you violated your probation, you will most likely be sent to jail. Our firm is ready to help fight your charges and guide you through every step of the claims process ahead. If you have been charged with violating probation in New York State, you must speak with our knowledgeable New York criminal defense attorney today. We are ready to fight for your right to a free and productive life.

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Kevin T. Conway has over 30 years of experience as a Spring Valley criminal attorney handling DUI, DWI, traffic violations, violent crimes, sex crimes, illegal gun possession, shoplifting, and juvenile crimes. Attorney Conway is also experienced in commercial law matters, zoning law, and estate planning. If you need a Rockland County criminal lawyer,ย contact our Spring Valley officeย for a free consultation.