What is Considered a Violation of Probation in Georgia?

When a person is convicted of a crime in the state of Georgia, they may find themselves on probation. Probation allows an individual to stay within their community instead of going to jail. However, they are under the supervision of a probation officer. While this allows them to live their life, there are certain guidelines they are required to follow. If the individual fails to follow the guidelines that are set by their probation officer, they may face a variety of consequences. This results in a probation violation, which is a very serious offense in Georgia. When facing these situations, it is important to retain the services of an experienced attorney to assist in your case.

Probation Guidelines

When a person is on probation, their probation officer provides them with rules they must follow. This allows them to serve their time for the crime they committed without having to go to jail. With this opportunity, they can rehabilitate while proving to be a productive member of society. During this time, probation officers can do random check-ins to ensure they are following the rules of their probation. Some conditions of probation that an individual may be required to follow can include:

  • Counseling
  • Fines
  • Reporting to a probation officer
  • Restitution
  • Restriction on drugs and alcohol
  • Restrictions on weapons
  • Travel restrictions

What is a Violation?

Individuals who do not follow the rules of their probation are considered in violation. This can include failing to report to a probation officer, not paying probation fines, moving out of the country or state without permission of the court, or committing another crime. The state of Georgia categorizes violations in four ways. This includes the following:

  • Technical violation: The person in question did not follow the conditions of their probation
  • Special condition violation: The person in question violates a basic rule that was tailored to their specific situation
  • Misdemeanor violation: The person in question commits a misdemeanor offense while on probation
  • Felony violation: The person in question commits a felony offense while on probation

A violation of probation may result in a warrant being issued for the individual’s arrest. From there, a judge can decide whether or not they may be sentenced to finish the remaining period of their probation in jail or if their probation can be reinstated.

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