When a person commits a crime, he or she may have to serve time in jail. Some individuals will be offered probation instead. This will allow him to serve time from home. However, it is important to understand that probation comes with strict guidelines, and failing to follow these rules will likely result in jail time. Read on to learn more about probation violations in New Jersey.
Common probation guidelines in New Jersey:
Typically, an offender will be on probation for one to five years, but this time can be terminated or extended depending on the individual’s behavior, among other factors. Some of the most common conditions of probation in New Jersey are as follows:
- 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
It is important to understand that once you are sentenced to probation, you will be assigned a probation officer. This officer has the legal authority to do random check-ins to ensure that you are not violating the terms of your probation.
The consequences of a probation violation:
If you are charged with violating probation in New Jersey, your probation officer will file a Violation of Probation (VOP) complaint with the court. You will then have to attend a hearing where the judge will determine whether the officer’s complaint is warranted. You must attend this hearing, and failing to show up may 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, however, if the judge decides you are guilty, you may have your probation revoked and you may be sentenced to jail.
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