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What Happens If You Violate Probation In Georgia?

By
Brandon Bullard
on
May 25, 2022

In Georgia you might fulfill a prison sentence or jail term outside of prison or custody through probation. Finishing a sentence on probation is common for felony or misdemeanor cases, but violating your probation may lead to severe consequences, including penalties and serving the remainder of your sentencing in prison or jail.

If you’ve violated your probation in Georgia, it is in your best interest to seek the help of a Georgia probation violation attorney. At The Bullard Law Firm, we will offer the legal support and representation you need to defend your rights.

Types of Probation Violations in Georgia

There are three ways you can violate probation in Georgia:

1.Technical condition violation

If you have violated a technical condition, you have either failed to pay fees or fines, pay restitution, report to your probation officer, or you left the jurisdiction where you are under probation. 

2. Special Condition Violation

A special condition may be something that the court may order you to do that’s not an ordinary condition for the probation. For instance, the court may order you to attend a particular program or maintain suitable employment. Failing to meet these conditions is known as a special condition violation.

3. Substantive Violations

A substantive violation occurs when you have committed another felony or misdemeanor while on probation. This is the most severe probation violation category, and you risk up to 2 years of your probation sentence being revoked. For instance, assume that you’re on probation for theft when arrested for vandalism. If you are convicted of vandalism, you will be punished for vandalism conviction and violation of your theft probation.

4. Penalties for Violating Probation

A probation violation may carry severe consequences. These consequences depend on the nature of the violation record of previous violations, and the underlying offense’s severity. Once the judge ascertains a violation occurred, they might decide to continue with the probation or terminate it.

Possible penalties for probation violation include:

  • Incarceration
  • Revocation of the probation
  • Hefty fines
  • Extension of the probation
  • Additional special conditions
  • Additional community service
  • Required education and counseling
  • Electronic monitoring

If you violate your probation, an arrest warrant will be issued. It is essential to note that the standard of proof for a probation violation is similar to the standard of proof for committing a crime in prison or jail.

Get Help from a Georgia Violation Probation Attorney

If you have been accused of probation violation, you need to safeguard your rights with the best possible protection. A Georgia probation violation attorney can help you negotiate deals ahead of the probation hearing.

The sooner you find a probation attorney, the quicker you can get to protect your rights. You can feel confident in The Bullard Law Firm’s ability to offer legal support and representation to achieve the best possible outcome. Contact us today to discuss your probation violation case.