As you probably know by now, there are many differences between juvenile and adult cases in the state of Connecticut. For instance, juvenile cases are for the most part tried in juvenile court, while adult cases are tried in adult court. In many cases, adult consequences for crimes are more severe than those for juvenile offenders, and adults and juveniles generally serve sentences in different facilities.
Similar to Adult Probation
Despite all of these changes and others, not everything is different between a juvenile and an adult case. One aspect of these cases that is similar is the way that violation of probation is treated for juveniles. Violation of probation definitions, procedures, and punishments are very similar for juveniles and adults. But what exactly is violation of probation? To learn how violation of probation will affect your child, read on.
Violation of probation is essentially exactly what it sounds like. In most cases, juveniles are placed on probation instead of being detained in a juvenile detention facility, due to the nature of juvenile crimes and the desire to rehabilitate juveniles, as opposed to severely punishing them.
If your child is released on probation, this means that there are conditions of this probation that must be followed. If your child breaks the conditions of his or her probation, it is considered a violation of probation or a technical violation of probation. If your child commits a new crime while on probation, this is also considered a violation of probation, or a substantive violation of probation.
Conditions for Release
Some common conditions of release on probation include:
- Not being in possession of drugs, alcohol, or weapons.
- Not using drugs, alcohol, or weapons.
- Going to school.
- Getting a job.
- Remaining in the country or state.
- Not contacting the victim(s) in your case.
- Meeting with probation officer regularly.
These are just a few examples of common conditions of probation. If the court discovers that your child violated a condition of his or her probation, he or she can face more serious consequences.
Violation of Probation Hearing
Your child will be allowed a hearing in which he or she can try to prove that he or she did not violate probation. At the same time, the prosecution will be trying to prove that your child did violate probation by presenting evidence to a judge. If a judge determines that probation was broken, probation will be revoked and your child will face a harsher punishment, such as being sent to a juvenile detention center.
If your child is being accused of violation of probation, you need to build a strong defense so that he or she can remain in your custody and continue serving probation. In many cases, it is difficult to prove that violation of probation did not occur because it does not take much to violate probation. Simply getting home a half an hour after curfew or forgetting a meeting with a probation officer will constitute violation of probation.
To build the best defense possible and beat the odds, you should contact a juvenile defense lawyer who has experience with violation of probation cases. For assistance with your child’s case, you can contact me by calling my office.