A probation sentence is generally a substitute for jail time and much harsher consequences. If the person violates the terms of probation, there are additional sentencing guidelines, including jail time, fines, community service or treatment.

When the judge imposes a sentence of probation the court must identify, as a part of the sentencing, the conditions to be complied with. Wherein a sentence is that of a probation, the defendant ought to be provided with a documented copy of the conditions during sentencing. At any rate, where the defendant is provided with documentation of said requirements of probation, a duplicate is required for filing and then becomes an official part of the case record, and the court is not required to specify the stipulations to the offender verbally. It is important to review any probation requirements provided to you by the court and not rely on verbal instruction.

If you are facing a probation violation sentence, it is imperative to have a skilled criminal defense attorney represent you and to fight the charges and protect against additional sentencing.  Probation violations can encompass a wide variety of crimes including: failure to appear in court on a scheduled appearance date, failure to report to a probation/parole officer, failure to pay court-ordered fines or restitution, associating with certain prohibited people who have been outlined in probation terms and conditions, leaving the state without proper notification or permission, drug crimes, and additional arrests or charges for other crimes.