When you are on probation, it helps to know what the law considers a violation. Your probation conditions may restrict your movements and require you to attend meetings and appointments.
While probation terms vary from case to case, there are some general rules that you may have to abide by to remain in good standing. Learn more about two general breach categories under Pennsylvania law, so you can steer clear of trouble and stay out of jail.
Technical violations of probation
The court hands down probation sentences instead of sending you to jail. If you do not abide by the terms of your probation, the court may revoke the agreement and send you to jail. A technical violation of your probation means you broke one of the specific conditions in your probation agreement. Some of the most common technical breaches include:
- Missing a scheduled meeting or call with your probation officer
- Failing to make payments of fees, fines or restitution
- Dropping out of school
- Moving away without telling your probation officer
- Leaving your job voluntarily
Criminal violations of probation
Regardless of the particular terms of your probation agreement, if you commit a crime, your probation officer may arrest you immediately. You will get the opportunity to speak to a judge in a hearing within 48 hours of your arrest. The judge may revoke your probation, leaving you in jail, change the terms of your probation or add more stringent conditions.
The penalties for violating your probation in any way vary. You may receive extended probation, or you may have to go to jail for the entirety of your original court sentence. The entire process is up to the judge presiding over your case.