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Atlanta Probation Violation Lawyer

After the courts release someone from prison, he or she is usually free under the condition of probation. Probation is a system in which incarcerated people live out the rest of their prison term outside of the prison, but they must still adhere to condition of the court. If those released do not follow the conditions, the ramification can be severe and include returning to prison. Probation violations, like drinking alcohol or possessing a firearm, don’t have to be illegal to be an infraction. A small mistake could send a probationer back to prison. If law enforcement is accusing you of violating your probation in Atlanta, you need an attorney to help you fight the charges. Contact ChancoSchiffer P.C. for representation.

Georgia Probation Law

Each state provides probation as a way to monitor formerly incarcerated individuals without keeping them in prison. Though probation is in place across the country, each state has varying regulations. The court assigns probation officers who are in charge of ensuring that a person on probation does not violate the state’s laws in any way.

Georgia’s extensive probation rules require that people on probation:

  • Avoid injuring anyone or being vicious
  • Avoid people or places with poor character
  • Report to their probation officers whenever told to
  • Let the probation officer check in on them at their home or anywhere else
  • Work for a suitable employer
  • Stay in town
  • Repay anyone wronged by the crimes they committed
  • Repay the county for any medical services they received while incarcerated
  • Repay costs for any wrongdoing while they were inmates
  • Support their dependents as much as possible
  • Avoid violating any laws, including federal, state, and local ordinances
  • Waive extradition
  • Submit to rehabilitation tests or examinations
  • Wear tracking devices
  • Complete any necessary substance abuse or mental health treatment
  • Agree to sanctions ordered by their probation officers
  • Pay for drug screenings

If your charges included offenses against minors or dangerous sexual offenses, you may have additional probation requirements under Georgia law. You may have to avoid the victim or any locations where he or she may be such as home, school, playgrounds, or other areas he or she frequents. You may need to let law enforcement monitor your email, internet activity, and any other digital communication along with random searches of your computer or any devices with internet access. The court will also likely prohibit you from seeking elective office on the local school board of education.

Penalties for Violating Probation

In Georgia, a court can punish you if you violate your probation in any way. The three main types of probation violations are technical, special condition, and substantive. A technical violation means the probationer failed to pay fines, fees, report to his or her probation officer, or a variety of other technical aspects of Georgia’s probation laws. A special condition violation occurs when the probationer does not fulfill a condition such as maintaining employment, avoiding his or her victim, or a variety of other violations. Someone will have committed a substantive violation when he or she commits another crime while on probation.

Georgia has a variety of potential punishments for violating probation requirements, some of which include:

  • Revocation of probation
  • Extension of probation
  • Incarceration
  • Fines
  • More Community Service
  • Added special conditions
  • Required drug or psychological counseling

Contact an Atlanta Probation Violation Attorney

As a person on probation, you are taking the first step to becoming reintegrated into society after incarceration. A probation violation could reverse years of hard work and reform, preventing you from being able to start your life over again after prison. At ChancoSchiffer P.C. we understand how serious probation violation changes are and how they can impact a person’s life. We will take the time to get to know you, your case, and what your needs are. Contact ChancoSchiffer P.C., for help fighting your Atlanta probation violation charges.