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Probation Violations in New Jersey | What to Know

When a person is charged with a crime, there are different forms of punishment. Sometimes, instead of going to jail, a person will be put on probation. When it comes to probation, there are some strict guidelines that will need to be followed, and violating your probation can have some serious consequences. Read on for more information regarding probation violations in New Jersey.

What is Probation?

Probation allows a person to serve their sentence within their community under the supervision of a probation officer instead of in jail. In doing so, there are certain guidelines that must be followed. If they fail to meet the conditions of their probation, it is a probation violation.

What are Probation Guidelines?

Criminal offenders in New Jersey can be placed on probation for one to five years. Depending on their behavior, this time can be extended or terminated early. If they violate any conditions of their probation, the individual can be charged with a probation violation. During this time, a probation officer can do random check-ins to make sure they are following the rules. Some conditions that may be placed can include the following:

  • Meeting with their probation officer
  • Pay fines associated with the charges they are facing
  • Maintain employment
  • Participate in community service
  • Attend counseling
  • Abide by a curfew
  • Do not break any laws
  • Urine monitoring

What Happens if I Violate Probation?

If you violate probation, your probation officer will file a Violation of Probation (VOP) complaint with the court. This outlines the violation in detail. A court hearing will then be held to determine if the complaint is valid or not. If you fail to attend, a warrant can be issued for your arrest, something you definitely want to avoid. During the hearing, the judge will listen to your explanation for violating probation. If the judge decides you did not violate probation, you can be let go. If the judge decides you are guilty, penalties can be imposed depending on the severity of the case. It is important to know that this could result in revoking their probation and being sent to jail.

If you or a loved one is charged with a probation violation, you will want to contact a skilled criminal defense attorney. Contact our firm to speak with an experienced and dedicated attorney. We will explore all possible options and fight on your behalf.


Kevin T. Conway is an experienced Bergen County criminal attorney handling DUI, DWI, traffic violations, violent crimes, sex crimes, illegal gun possession, shoplifting, and juvenile crimes. Attorney Conway is also experienced in commercial law matters, zoning law, and estate planning. If you need an aggressive criminal lawyer, contact The Law Office of Kevin T. Conway for a free consultation.

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