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Read This Before Violating Probation

Violating Probation

The general idea of probation is for delinquents to keep their noses clean and not do anything associated with delinquent behavior. After all, the word "probation" originates from Latin and implies that the parolee must pass some sort of test and prove his or her mettle. By this token, any violation of the law reported by an appointed probation officer will have negative consequences. Even if no specific laws are broken, delinquents may break the terms of a probation agreement and still be deemed guilty of violating probation.

There are general conditions to probation that must be upheld for the duration of the probationary period, which may be broadly encapsulated by the term "good behavior" and more narrowly defined by the probation officer in a particular case. In addition, all sanctions must be performed or otherwise fulfilled by the delinquent. This includes paying all fines and monies assessed.

Violations of the law and probation during the probationary period may serve to dispel any leeway afforded to delinquents the first time around. With regard to the former, of course, additional criminal charges must be judged on their own merits, and if severe enough, could land juvenile offenders in an adult correctional facility. For general violations of probation, meanwhile, a delinquent will almost certainly be requested to appear before a juvenile court and, if found guilty, face detention or commitment to a secure facility.

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