If a defendant breaks any of the rules imposed upon them during the probationary period, their probation can be revoked and jail time imposed. Probation violations include:

  • Failure to pay a fine.
  • Failure to pay restitution to the victim.
  • Failure to enroll in or complete rehabilitation or community service.
  • Failure to appear in court for a progress report.
  • Violation of probation rules, including:
    • Staying away from certain person(s).
    • Staying away from certain location(s).
    • Reporting to probation officer when expected.
    • Possession of illegal drugs or weapons.
    • Associating with known criminals.
    • Committing new crimes.
    • Being arrested even if though no criminal charges are pending.

Violation of probation depends on how serious the violation is. If the probation is not serious, chances are the adult or juvenile defendant will be given a second chance and allowed to remain on probation under the same terms and conditions. If a more serious violation occurs, there will likely be a violation of probation with some consequences.

When a probation violation occurs, the defendant could be arrested or ordered to court for a probation violation hearing. If found guilty of a probation violation, the court may impose upon the defendant these punishments:

  • Potential jail or prison sentence.
  • Probation extension.
  • Additional probation terms imposed.
  • Probation revoked.
  • Probation reinstated with same terms and conditions or different terms.
  • Community service.
  • Physical labor.
  • Rehabilitation/counseling/treatment program.