Probation is obviously better than being behind bars. However, just because you are no longer in jail, doesn’t mean you have your full freedom. When you are on probation, you must adhere to certain conditions set by the court.
What happens if the conditions of probation are violated? According to Arizona law, the court “may revoke probation in accordance with the rules of criminal procedure at any time before the expiration or termination of the period of probation” (§13-901). In more simplified terms, if you violate your probation, you could go to jail.
An Arizona Probation Violation Could Land You Behind Bars
Rapper DMX is a prime example of what can happen when you violate probation. News hit in November 2010, when rapper DMX found himself back in jail in Arizona. The Maricopa County sheriff’s office stated that he was arrested for violating his probation. CNN television affiliate KTVK reported that rapper DMX was allegedly using drugs, including cocaine and OxyContin (without a prescription).
What’s Considered a Probation Violation?
There are many ways that probation could be violated and you need to make sure that you are aware of these possible infractions. Some of the most common situations include the following:
- Failure to pay fines
- Failure to enroll in treatment programs ordered by the court
- Possession of illegal drugs
- Leaving the jurisdiction without permission
- Failure to return to the jurisdiction at the time agreed
- Failure to report to the probation officer
- Committing another crime
Violating probation can have serious consequences. Even if you didn’t realize your behavior violated your probation, you could still face jail time. It is imperative that you contact an experienced Phoenix criminal defense attorney immediately. There is the possibility that you will be given a second chance and can avoid jail. A lawyer may be able to get your probation reinstated.