Probation Violation

Generally, a probation violation occurs when you ignore, avoid, refuse, or otherwise break the terms or conditions of your probation at any time during the probation period. Probation typically runs from one to three years, but may also last for several years depending on the original offense.

Probation may be violated in many different ways. Circumstances that may lead to a probation violation include:

  • Not appearing during a scheduled court appearance on a set date and time;
  • Not reporting to your probation officer at the scheduled time or place;
  • Not paying any required fines or restitution (to victims) as ordered by a court;
  • Visiting certain people or places, or traveling out of state without the permission of your probation officer;
  • Possessing, using, or selling illegal drugs;
  • Committing other crimes or offenses; and
  • Getting arrested for another offense, regardless of whether criminal or not.