Category: (VOP) Probation Violations

Probation is generally preferable to spending time behind bars, but it’s also not the easy way out. There are many terms and conditions you’ll have to meet, and failure to do so can land you behind bars for the rest of your sentence.

If you’re placed under probation in North Carolina, it’s very important to understand the type of probation you’re under and to know all of the rules you’ll need to follow.

Importantly, not being aware of a probation condition isn’t a defense for a violation. It’s your responsibility to know and [...]

A recent story of a Fayetteville man who violated probation is a warning for what can happen if you don’t follow the rules.

Quintin Lamar Molette, 28, was on a probationary sentence in March 2015 when police received information that he was in violation of his probation and parole. Police searched his residence and discovered a loaded firearm underneath his bed. Other evidence showed that he had the firearm in his possession earlier that day. Recently, a jury convicted him on charges of felony possession of a firearm. He is now waiting sentencing [...]

If you were convicted of a criminal offense and given probation, you probably consider yourself lucky. Probation means that the penalties you could have received for your crime (jail time, fines) are currently suspended in the hopes that you will complete your probation with no violations.

Unfortunately, many individuals on probation can end up feeling like they are jumping through hoops in order to avoid violating their terms. Probation violations can include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Failing to pay court fees or fines
  • Failing a drug or alcohol test
  • Failure
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Being let out of jail (or avoiding jail altogether) to go on probation is an odd balance between a relief and a burden. While probation does give you many freedoms that you do not have in jail, many feel that they are walking on eggshells trying to meet the terms of their probation to avoid re-arrest.

Why? Because while you do not have to stay in a jail cell all day, probation may limit the places you can go and how long you can leave the town where you live – and that’s [...]

Being sentenced to probation is often both a relief and incredibly stressful. You are out of jail, but you may still feel like you’re imprisoned.

When you’re on probation, you walk a fine line and may constantly live with the fear that you will end up in prison for violating your probation. But even if you are charged with a violation, there are ways to avoid jail time and prove your innocence.

Below, we’re going to explore the different ways you can defend against your probation violation:

Inconsistencies or Mishandling By the Court.[...]