Violation of Probation Facts
1. When you fail to follow the conditions of your probation it is a violation of probation.
2. Also, if you fail to follow any of your conditions or you get arrested, your probation officer may return your case to court.
3. In addition, there will be a court hearing and if they can prove a violation, you may have to serve a jail sentence.
4. Probation is an alternative to jail. When you are on probation you:
- Have to report to a probation officer.
- May have to participate in treatment.
- Do not have the same liberties that other people not on probation have.
- May have to comply with certain conditions ordered by the court, such as community service.
- May be subject to random urine or other chemical testing.
5. If you are arrested or fail to comply with conditions, you will violate your probation.
6. There are two forms of violation of probation – substantive and technical. Substantive occurs if you violate the terms of your probation, technical occurs if you commit a new crime.
7. You can use previously accumulated jail credit if your violation of probation (VOP) results in jail time.
8. The standard of evidence for violation of probation is low, making it difficult for defendants in these cases to prove their innocence.
9. If convicted of violation of probation, you face various punishments, including:
- Jail time.
- Rehabilitation programs.
- Community service.
10. The best way to fight a VOP is by hiring a qualified criminal defense lawyer.
In addition, other information about probation can be found at the Connecticut Department of Adult Probation’s frequently asked questions website.