Courts sentence individuals to probation instead of jail time in the hope that its conditions and restrictions will help the probationer lead a law-abiding life. Someone on probation remains under the state’s supervision until the probationary period is complete. In Phoenix, Mesa, Gilbert, Tempe, Scottsdale and Chandler, those who commit additional infractions while on probation are punished for violating probation.
In Arizona, probationers are punished for several types of violations, which include:
- Failure to pay fines
- Failure to pay restitution to the victim
- Failure to enroll in or complete rehabilitation or community service
- Possession of illegal drugs or weapons
- Associating with known criminals
Probation violation is punishable by jail-time, costly fines, community service hours, an even stricter probation sentence. Moreover, probationers charged with another crime while on probation are likely to be punished more severely for that charge.
It is not uncommon for probationers to get caught in a vicious cycle of probation violations, which eventually leads to a long-term jail or prison sentence. Arizona probationers should seek legal counsel from an experienced Mesa probation violation lawyer that regularly handles probation violations.