A criminal conviction is undoubtedly upsetting; however, it does not have to destroy your future. If you are able to negotiate or otherwise receive a more lenient sentence, you can still maintain some semblance of normalcy in your life, especially if it allows you to avoid incarceration.
This is why it can be such a relief to be placed on probation and not behind bars. That being said, you must understand that probation is still very serious, and you must still follow strict rules. If you do not, you risk violating your probation and having it revoked.
There can be several different rules you are expected to follow when you are on probation in this state. For instance, according to Indiana laws, you may be required to:
- Secure and maintain a job
- Refrain from owning or being in possession of a firearm
- Refrain from committing another crime
- Stay away from certain people or places
- Report to a probation officer
- Stay in the city or state unless granted permission to leave
- Perform volunteer work or community service
- Take drug and/or alcohol tests
- Pay fines and/or restitution
Breaking these rules -- or even appearing to break these rules -- can be considered a violation of probation.
However, these actions may not necessarily result in revocation. The courts have considerable discretion when it comes to setting the terms and conditions of a person's probation, which means that every situation is different. Something that is a violation for someone else on probation may not be against the rules for you.
You also can avoid revocation by defending yourself against alleged violations with the help of your attorney. Doing so can allow you to stay in good standing with the courts and protect you from the penalties of a probation violation and the offense of which you were originally convicted.
Understanding the terms and requirements of your probation is critical, as is staying in compliance with them. If you have questions or concerns about possible violations, you would be wise to discuss them with an attorney as soon as possible.