In some cases, judges sentence people to probation. Probation is a sentence that allows you to be released into the community instead of keeping you in jail, but you’re only released on the condition that you stay out of trouble. If you get into trouble with the law, the judge can revoke your probation and send you to jail to serve the rest of your sentence.
But what happens when you’re on probation? Here’s what you need to know.
What Happens When You’re On Probation?
When you’re on probation, which is considered “community supervision,” you have to follow certain rules. For example, the judge in your case might require you to participate in drug or alcohol counseling, go through a school program or perform community service.
You’ll also have to meet with a probation officer on a regular basis. Your probation agent will let you know how often you’re supposed to meet, as well as where you’ll meet. You can’t miss those meetings – if you do, you’re violating the conditions of your probation and could end up back in jail.
Related: Wisconsin probation rules
You’ll remain on probation until your sentence is completed. Sometimes people get discharged from probation early, provided they’ve satisfied all the conditions (like going to school or participating in counseling) and fulfilled all their financial obligations.
Probation can be confusing, so use this guide to help you determine what happens when you’re on probation. If you don’t see your question answered here and you need help with your own case, please call us at 414-383-6700 to schedule a free consultation with a probation violation attorney.
Can Police See if You’re on Probation?
Police can see that you’re on probation when they run your name through a law enforcement database. If a police officer doesn’t check up on you in this way, the only way he or she will know that you’re on probation is if you say so.
What Happens When You Get Pulled Over While on Probation?
When a police officer pulls you over while you’re on probation, he or she will be able to see that you’re on probation after running your name through a law enforcement database. You can’t be arrested simply for being on probation, but you can be arrested if you’re violating the conditions of your probation. Remember, too, that committing a new crime is off-limits – you’ll get into trouble for the new crime and for violating your probation.
Do You Automatically Go to Jail for Violating Probation?
If you violate your probation, there’s a good chance that the judge in your case will revoke your probation and send you to jail to serve the rest of your sentence. However, not all probation violations result in going back to jail.
Related: What is a probation review hearing in Wisconsin?
Do You Need to Talk to an Attorney About a Probation Violation?
If you’ve been accused of violating your probation, we may be able to help you. Call us at 414-383-6700. We’ll be happy to talk to you about what happens when you’re on probation and you violate the terms of your agreement – and what you can do to stay out of jail.