is a doc probation violation a criminal offense for missing an appointment

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is a doc probation violation a criminal offense for missing an appointment

Asked on May 4, 2009 under Criminal Law, Washington

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

Probation is a privilege, not a right.  Failure to comply with any of its terms is a serious matter. Aside from the violation itself, in this particular case, the PO doesn't know if you just missed the appointment or whether or not you fled the jusrisdiction.  This could result in a warrant being put out for your arrest.  If you have not already done so, contact him immediately.

As a practical matter depending on your relationship with your PO, the seriousness of the offense you were convicted of, how long you have been on probation,etc this may just be viewed to be a technical breach i.e. violations that do not involve new criminal charges. In this type of situation many jurisdictions allow probation officers to respond to technical violations independent of a court hearing. This enables officers to act quickly and to select mandates/sanctions that are commensurate with the infraction and suited to the individual risks and needs of the probationer. 

Again contact your probation officer immediately.
 


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