Probation allows you to serve a sentence outside of confinement under supervision. It is intended to encourage healthy and legal behaviors as ex-offenders reenter society; keep former offenders away from harmful influences, such as certain other people as well as illegal drugs and excessive use of alcohol; maintain continuous employment; and to keep the offender within a particular geographic region.
The terms of probation might include attending a risk reduction course, such as DUI school or defensive driving; attending a victim impact panel; and being evaluated for substance abuse, anger and violence, or deviant behaviors. On top of this might be mandatory community service hours, payment of monthly probation supervision fees, and restitution or fines.
With so much supervision, it’s difficult to observe all the rules, all of the time.
Any probation violation might mean a return to jail or prison immediately, an extension of your prison sentence, or even a new criminal charge. A violation might be as ordinary as failing to meet regularly with your probation officer, hanging out with old companions, using drugs or alcohol, and missing curfew.
What we know is the longer the probation period, the more likely it is that you will violate some rule, placing your freedom in jeopardy. One 2018 study found that 55% of all Georgia prison admissions were for some form of probation violation. Actually, Georgia has the largest number of residents under probation for misdemeanor and felony convictions in the country—420,000. The likelihood of even a minor probation violation occurring within such a large population is enormous.
A simple probation violation can turn your life upside down. In addition to having to return to jail or prison, you might lose your job, and your family might lose your financial support. Even a simple probation violation can haunt you for the rest of your life when applying for a job, a loan, housing, or schooling.
When charged with a probation violation, we know how to defend your freedom. Our probation violation defense attorney in Georgia, Michael Fulcher Law has over 17 years of experience as a prosecutor, public defender, and privately retained probation violation lawyer in Morgan County and the surrounding areas of Jasper County, Putnam County, Greene County, and Taliaferro Counties. Our primary office is in Madison, Georgia, with a secondary office in Monroe, Georgia. We can guide you through the probation violation procedure, offer the best defense, and resolve the case in a way that protects your liberty and continued rehabilitation.