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What happens to first-time probation violators?

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A first-time probation violator generally receives a warning from her probation officer for breaking the conditions of her probation, states HG.org. If there are no further violations, there are typically no other consequences. However, there is no defined set of rules for violations of probation, and consequences are assigned at the discretion of the probation officer, according to FindLaw. As a result, consequences may vary.

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Potential consequences of violating probation, whether as a first or subsequent offense, include community service, rehabilitation, counseling, fines and an increased probationary period, notes HG.org. For example, a probation officer may order an individual to receive rehabilitation services for violations involving drugs or alcohol, including violations for possessing drugs or for failing a drug test. Failure to comply with an order for rehab may result in jail time. If the probation violation was a result of mental or emotional reasons or a result of problems in the life of the individual, the probation officer may order the individual to receive counseling services.

A probation officer may place an individual in jail for some offenses, revoke probation (meaning the individual must spend the rest of his probation time in jail) or order an individual to attend a probation violation hearing, reports HG.org. If an individual violates probation by committing another crime, he may face new charges depending on the crime committed.

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