If you were found violating probation in Georgia, you can expect to face additional penalties and consequences. Read on and reach out to the Miller Law Practice today to speak with a skilled Cobb County criminal defense lawyer. We are here to help.
What are the different types of probation violations recognized in Georgia?
There are several different types of probation violations that an individual can be charged with in the state of Georgia. These violations include the following:
- Technical: If you forget to fulfill a general condition of your probation, it is known as a technical violation. Technical violations are never included in criminal acts. In this situation, you have failed to satisfy the requirements set for your probation. For example, by failing to pay a fine, leaving the jurisdiction, neglecting to report to your probation officer, etc.
- Special Condition: Past general conditions, the terms of your probation may require further action. Special conditions include attending courses, community hours, avoiding certain people or places, refraining from alcohol, etc. Failing to meet any of the special conditions required is a violation of your probation.
- Substantive: Committing a criminal act that leads to an arrest while on probation is referred to as a substantive violation.
What are the penalties for violating probation?
If you violate your probation conditions, you can anticipate facing severe consequences. The penalties you will likely face in Georgia include the following:
- Added Probation Time
- Loss of Probation
- Jail Time
- More fines
- Additional Special Conditions (counseling, community service, etc.)
It is essential to recognize that the consequences of the three types of violations are not the same. This is because each kind has a different maximum punishment. The maximum punishments include the following:
- Technical Violations: With this charge, the maximum punishment is a revocation of your probation term for up to 2 years. This suggests you will serve 2 years in jail instead.
- Special Condition Violations: Here, the maximum punishment requires a full revocation of your probation term. Instead of serving your time on probation, you will serve the rest of your term in jail.
- Substantive Violations: The ultimate punishment for misdemeanors includes revoking your probation for 2 years. Furthermore, you will serve these 2 years in jail. On the contrary, for felonies, you must serve the remainder of your probation period in jail.
If you would like to learn more about the consequences of violating probation, give our skilled criminal defense attorneys a call today. Our legal team is on your side.
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