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What Happens When You Violate Probation?

what happens when you violate probationYou were caught for a crime you did and you paid the price when you were put on probation. You go out for a little fun one night and you accidentally violate your probation. First, keep in mind that probation officers are invested in you. They care about your future, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t going to report the probation violation to a judge. Violating your probation can be just as detrimental to your future as when you committed a crime in the first place. If you’ve been on a positive path after your misstep with the law, then violate your probation, you might be faced with more charges, depending on what the violation entails. Even though you violated probation, you shouldn’t feel too at a loss for what could happen next. With our team of defense attorneys at Roselle & Breitigam, P.C., we’re able to help put you back on the right track. You might not think that anything can be done, but don’t worry, our defense attorneys are able to help determine the right course for you to handle a probation violation.


We compiled this list of probation violations because we wanted to give you a good idea of all the ways probation can be violated. By even violating one of these facets from this list, you’re liable to find yourself in front of a judge and being charged with a crime you did against your better judgment.

  • Selling drugs
  • Using drugs
  • Possessing drugs
  • Committing crimes
  • Committing offenses
  • Getting arrested for a crime
  • Ignoring payments of fines
  • Ignoring restitution ordered by the court
  • Traveling out of state without permission from your probation officer
  • Visiting certain places
  • Visiting certain people
  • Not appearing in court on your court date
  • Not showing up to see your probation officer during the specified time


When you’ve violated your probation either by your probation officer finding out by drug testing you or you’ve been arrested yet again by the police, you’re going to face some consequences for your actions. If this is your first violation of your probation, you will get off with a lighter sentence than if this is your fifth violation. First, you need to know that there are no exact rules for when you violate probation. It depends on the judge, the violation, your original crime, the time left on probation, and even the type of defense attorney you hired. The probation officer will give you a warning or you’ll face a probationary hearing to address the probation violation. The first decision that needs to be made is by the probation officer. The probation officer will consider past violations, warnings, the severity of the violation, and any other considerations he or she find to be relevant. If you need to appear in court, you may have to spend time in jail as a penalty for violating your probation. Similarly to what landed you on probation, you’ll need to go through a series of factors to best determine what your sentencing should be for your violation of probation.


When you hire Roselle & Breitigam, P.C. to be your defense attorney, you’ll be able to work with a trusted and reliable attorney. Whether it’s you or a loved one who has been charged with a violation of probation, we’ll make sure to do everything in our power to fight for your case. Roselle & Breitigam, P.C. has been fighting for those who cannot fight for themselves for over 20 years. By providing trusted, efficient, and experienced skills, we know each case is individualized. We have the knowledge and drive to help you figure out the best plan for your specific case. By protecting your rights and giving you the knowledge you need to guide you through this difficult time, you’ll be able to take the steps in the right direction to protect your future when you hire Roselle & Breitigam, P.C.

If you’ve found yourself facing repercussions because you’ve violated probation, then you need to contact a defense attorney who can responsibly represent you. Learn more about violating probation or reach out to us by filling out the information below.