A probation violation (PV) is received when the defendant
fails to comply with the court order. The Judge may re-impose the jail time and
fines that were previously suspended on the judgment and sentence. It is
very important that you show up for your PV arraignment. If you fail to appear
for this court proceeding, a warrant may issue.
When you receive the PV in the mail, read over the entire
motion and affidavit for the violation. It will explain the reasons
for the PV. Violations that include; failure to remain in contact, make payments
treatment requirements can be easily resolved without coming to court. If
the PV is the result of new criminal charges, you must appear in court. It is in your best interest to call
and speak with your probation officer about the options or plans regarding the
Please understand, failure to appear for the scheduled court date will likely
result in a warrant being issued.
On the PV arraignment day, the Judge will read the
charge, you will then be given the opportunity to request a court appointed
attorney, ask for a continuance, or plead guilty. It is your decision to
retain an attorney, as we cannot give legal advice.
If you plead guilty, please visit the probation office immediately
after court. We will go over the court order with you and explain how to
successfully comply with the courts order.
If you have an attorney, please contact them with concerns
about up coming court dates.