A probation violation conviction can mean being sent to jail or prison, but there are alternative penalties that can be used instead, including:
Revocation and reinstatement: The judge and the probation officer can agree to revoke your probation for the violation and immediately reinstate you on new probation.
Increased supervision: Your probation rules might get stricter and now include things like more frequent reporting, house arrest or wearing an ankle monitor.
Rehab: If the violation was drug or alcohol related, you can be ordered to complete substance abuse treatment. This might mean a residential rehab program, outpatient program, drug court or attending a mandated number of Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meetings each week.
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Classes added: The probation office may ask the judge to reinstate you with a stipulation that you complete classes such as anger management or moral recognition classes.
Probation release: Rare, but it happens. You are close enough to the end of probation, you commit a technical violation, such as not paying some fines, and the probation officer recommends your probation be terminated without punishment.
Final thoughts: These options are typically considered for technical violations. Conviction of a new charge typically causes the violation to include some jail time or to be revoked and have to complete your sentence in jail.
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