When an individual commits a crime, they will face different forms of punishment. In some cases, these individuals may be offered probation where they will serve their sentence at home, rather than in jail. However, being on probation requires individuals to follow strict guidelines. Breaking probation guidelines may result in severe consequences and even jail time. To learn more about the consequences of violating probation in New Jersey, continue reading and contact our Morristown criminal defense lawyer. Here are some questions you may have:
What are the probation guidelines in New Jersey?
A person who commits a crime in New Jersey can be placed on probation for up to five years. However, this time can be extended or terminated depending on behavior. Violating conditions of probation can result in an individual being charged with a probation violation. The following are some of the typical probation guidelines in New Jersey:
- Continuing the follow the law
- Maintaining employment
- Abiding by a curfew
- Attending counseling
- Participating in community service
- Paying fines associated with the charges you are facing
- Meeting with your probation officer
- Urine monitoring
What are the consequences of violating probation in New Jersey?
If you are caught violating probation, your probation officer will file a Violation of Probation (VOP) which will outline the violation in detail. Next, a court hearing will be held to determine if the complaint is valid. If you do not attend this hearing, a warrant for your arrest could be issued. This may lead to further legal complications.
You can expect the judge to hear your explanation for violating probation during this hearing. If the judge decides you did not violate your probation, you will be let go. If the judge determines you are guilty, the severity of your penalties will depend on the details of the case. You may face jail time or have your probation revoked.
What defenses are used for violating probation?
Having an experienced criminal defense attorney in your corner will allow you to explore the following possible defenses if you are facing a probation violation:
- The alleged complaint is wrong
- The alleged acts are not a violation of probation
- The violation was minor or committed by accident
- Good behavior makes further penalties unnecessary
If you have any further questions about probation violations in New Jersey and how our legal team at Graves Andrews, LLC can assist you, give our firm a call today.
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