If you are found violating probation in Georgia, you can expect to face serious consequences. To learn more, continue reading and reach out to an experienced and dedicated Cobb County criminal defense lawyer today. Our legal team is equipped with the knowledge required to fight for you and your rights.

What are the different kinds of probation violations?

There are a number of different types of probation violations that an individual can be charged within the state of Georgia. They include the following:

  • Technical: In the event that you fail to meet a general condition of your probation, this is referred to as a technical violation. Technical violations are never included in criminal acts. In this case, you have just failed to meet the requirements set for your probation. For instance, 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, abstaining 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 known as a substantive violation.

What are the penalties for violating probation?

In the event that you violate your probation conditions, you can expect to face significant 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 important to note that the consequences of the three types of violations are not the same. In fact, each kind has a different maximum punishment. The maximum punishments include the following:

  • Technical Violations: Here, the maximum punishment is a revocation of your probation term for up to 2 years. This implies you will serve 2 years in jail instead.
  • Special Condition Violations: With this violation, the maximum punishment demands 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 maximum punishment for misdemeanors includes revoking your probation for 2 years. Additionally, you will serve these 2 years in jail. On the other hand, for felonies, you must serve the remainder of your probation period in jail.

To learn more about the consequences of violating probation, reach out to our skilled criminal defense attorneys today.

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