Violating probation is a crime in itself, and the consequences can be serious. Any number of things can trigger a violation, but the most common violations happen when you don't follow the probation rules or conditions given by the court.
Common occurrence's that trigger a violation.
- Not completing community service or drug, alcohol, parenting or other court-ordered counseling
- Not paying fines, or not repaying the victim of the crime (called restitution), on time and in full, as ordered by the court
- Not showing up in court for scheduled hearings
- Not reporting to your probation officer
- Not getting and keeping a job
- Not visiting someone or someplace - such as a boyfriend or girlfriend, or their homes - for a certain period of time
- Not staying in the area the judge may have confined you to - such as your city or town
Other than violating the specific rules and conditions set out by the court, a probation violation is almost always triggered if, during the probation period, you:
- Are arrested or commit another crime
- Use, sell, or possess illegal drugs