Crimes carry a number of different punishments. One common punishment is probation. Probation will allow you to serve your sentence at home, rather than in jail. But, with probation comes strict guidelines you must follow. Violating these requirements can result in serious consequences. Read on to learn more about parole conditions and the consequences of violating these conditions in New Jersey.
Parole conditions in New Jersey:
In New Jersey, an offender will generally be on probation for one to five years, but this time can be terminated or extended depending on the situation. Once you are sentenced to probation, you will be assigned a probation officer who has the legal authority to conduct random check-ins to ensure that you are not violating the terms of your probation. If you are on parole, you will have to strictly adhere to some of the following guidelines:
- You will have to regularly meet with your probation officer
- You may have to pay heavy fines regarding your charges
- You may have to obtain and keep employment
- You may have to participate in community service for a period of time
- You may have to attend alcohol or drug counseling if your charges are related to a potential substance abuse issue.
- You may have to abide by a curfew.
- You mustn’t break any laws.
- You may have to submit to random drug testing.
What happens if I break parole?
If you are charged with violating probation in New Jersey, your probation officer will file a Violation of Probation (VOP) complaint with the court. After this, you will have to attend a hearing where the judge will determine whether the officer’s complaint is warranted. It is important to note that failing to show up will likely result in the court issuing a warrant for your arrest. When you attend this hearing, you have a right to retain legal counsel. If the complaint is deemed untrue or invalid, the violation will be dismissed. If the judge rules that you are guilty, you may have your probation revoked and you may be sentenced to jail.
If you are facing charges for violating probation in New Jersey, you will need the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Reach out to our firm today to discuss your case.
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