What Happens If You Violate Your Probation In Iowa?
Comparatively, probation is one of the more lenient penalties that can be imposed on a person after a criminal offense. However, there are many conditions that the probationer, or the person on probation, must adhere to. If they fail to do so, they could face additional penalties. At Johnston, Stannard, Klesner, Burbidge & Fitzgerald, P.L.C., we defend people in Iowa who have been accused of violating their probation and shield them from further legal hardships.
The Basics Of Probation
Probation periods vary in length depending on the case. In felony cases, except those with a mandatory minimum prison sentence, probation periods can last two to five years. For misdemeanors, probation can be between one and two years in length.
There are many guidelines and restrictions a person needs to comply with when they’re on probation, including:
- Regularly meeting with their probation officer and answering their questions truthfully
- Allowing visits from their probation officer at any time
- Submitting regular drug tests
- Working at least 30 hours a week
- Not being in contact with anyone involved in criminal activity
- Not possessing weapons
- Not traveling outside of their judicial district without permission from the court
If they aren’t careful, it’s easy for people on probation to violate these guidelines.
The Penalties For A Probation Violation
If you’re suspected of violating your probation, you could be arrested and held without bail. If you previously had a deferred prison sentence, it could be imposed, and you would be sent to prison. If you are accused of committing another crime, you could face additional penalties for the alleged offense. Finally, your probation period can be extended by one year or up to one year past the maximum probation period.
How An Attorney Can Help After A Probation Violation
If you’ve been accused of violating your probation, it’s crucial to contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Our firm’s skilled, experienced attorneys can design a defense strategy to keep you out of jail and shield you from having further restrictions placed on your freedom.