Probation is a tool used in the juvenile justice system to help kids learn and grow after a mistake. Is your child facing probation? Hopefully, we can give you some peace of mind by explaining what you can expect.
What Is Juvenile Probation?
Juvenile probation is a court order that allows your child to return to their normal activities under the supervision of a probation officer. In most cases, probation is an alternative to jail time but may be accompanied by fines and community service, depending on the severity of the crime.
The length of time your child will be on probation will also vary depending on the crime committed. During this time, your child will have specific responsibilities and requirements that must be met. Some of these may include:
- School and work attendance
- Periodic drug testing
- Meetings with a probation officer
- Counseling or drug treatment
What Happens If My Child Violates Probation?
The requirements of your child’s probation must be followed to avoid probation violations. Unfortunately, violations will require your child to go back before a judge.
If your child is guilty of a probation violation, the consequences may include:
- A longer probation period
- Stricter probation conditions
- Movement to a juvenile detention facility
If your child’s violation involves another criminal offense, they may face the consequences of the violation and the new offense.
How an Experienced Juvenile Attorney Can Help
Probation shouldn’t be taken lightly. Even though it may be a better alternative than jail time, it’s still just as serious. And, unfortunately, it’s common for the judge to believe the probation officer when a violation occurs. It’s critical to act quickly to minimize the consequences your child may face.
A skilled juvenile attorney can help you and your child understand all of the probation requirements determined by the court. As a result, it will be easier for your child to move on with his or her life once probation is complete.
The goal of probation is to help your child learn from their mistakes and grow into a law-abiding citizen. An attorney understands this goal and can help fight for your child’s rights.
Have Questions About Juvenile Probation? We Can Help.
The Maddox Law Firm is here to help you and your child move forward. If you have questions about juvenile probation or need help with your child’s case, please call our attorneys at 972-373-3635 or send us a message.