There are many different probation and parole violations that can get you into hot water, many of which can land you some new charges. While there are too many things that can be considered a violation, the list below represents some of the more common things that end up getting people into legal trouble with their agent. Be sure you don’t do something to get you back in jail or prison following your release to community supervision.
List of Probation and Parole Violations
The following list is not intended in any way to be exhaustive, but does serve a guideline of some the most common issues the parolee runs into during their time on extended community supervision.
No Drink Clauses: Many out on probation and parole are under strict no drink conditions. This means you cannot drink alcohol, even in your own home. While drinking is perfectly legal, even if under normal circumstances you would not be breaking the law, it can still be a violation that will carry significant consequences. Keep this in mind before you decide to take a sip of any kind of alcohol, even if you are of age and not breaking any laws while drinking.
Any Criminal Charges: Getting hit with any new charges of any kind is generally a violation of the conditions of probation and parole. Even for very minor offenses, like a disorderly conduct, you can get a new violation and have to face severe consequences as a result. New felony and misdemeanor charges will get you into trouble with your agent and could land you back in prison for a long time.
Failure to Report: Parolees are generally required to report to their agents on a regular basis. Weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly meeting are generally the norm. If you fail to meet with your agent during the scheduled times, an apprehension request or warrant could be issued for your arrest and detainment. If you cannot make an appointment, be sure to contact your agent, so a warrant is not issued for your arrest.
Failure to Pay: There are fees associated with being on extended community supervision. If you do not pay these fees, you can be in violation of the agreement. If you are struggling to make your payments, you need to communicate this with your agent. You might get some leniency this way. If you don’t you can probably safely assume you will get no leniency at all. Some agencies will have the ability to waive the fees when the parolee has no means of paying. This will vary greatly.
Curfew Violations: Many people are put on very strict curfews as conditions of release from jail or prison. If you are out after hours, you will be in violation. This can mean spending more time in jail or having new charges pending. Be sure you are in the home at the times ordered, so you do not end up back in jail or prison as a result of being out after hours.
No Contact Provisions: Many times, the parolee will not be allowed to have any contact of any kind with certain people. This varies a lot, depending on the specific situation, but if you violate no contact provisions, you can expect to have consequences.
Issued Warrants: If you have a warrant issued from a criminal complaint, you might be placed on a hold in a local jail until it gets sorted out. Warrants are placed for pending charges, ordering your arrest. When this happens, you can expect to be held in custody until it is cleared up, one way or another.
Lying to Agent: Most contracts include a clause that you must be fully honest with your agent when they ask you questions. If you lie to them, you are most likely in violation of your probation and parole release.
Failure to Disclose Probation Status: In most states, anytime you have any form of contact with law enforcement, you are required to tell them upfront that you are on probation or parole. In addition, any such contact must be reported to your agent, even if there is no violation. Failure to disclose either of these can have consequences.
Consequences for Probation and Parole Violations
When you are charged with a violation, there are consequences the parolee is likely to face. The listing below is some of the general consequences you can expect to have if you violate the conditions.
Jail Time: Most of the time, when you violate in one way or another, you will be held in custody at a local jail. This means sitting time in jail, even if there were no illegal activities involved. You need to really know exactly what the conditions are for your release, so you don’t end up back in the jail cell.
Revocation: If the violation is severe enough or there are multiple minor ones, you can face revocation. This means your community supervision will be revoked and you will go back to jail or prison. The length of the stay will vary greatly, depending on the circumstances and the state you live.
Community Supervision Extensions: You could end up being on paper much longer than you were originally scheduled. This will mean having all the restrictions last a lot longer than you originally thought. Do not let this happen to you or you will regret it through loss of freedoms.
New Charges: New legal charges can mean new time to sit in jail. As a consequence of getting a violation of your probation or parole, you can land new legal charges. New charges have additional consequences as well.
Warrants Issued: If you fail to report to your agent or catch charges in other areas, you can have an issue or apprehension request issued for your arrest. This is just one more of the many consequences for probation and parole violations you might face.