What are common conditions that, if broken, can lead to a probation violation?
Depending on the circumstances of your offense, Iowa courts can sentence you to varying conditions that you must abide by during your probation. They can choose from any number of the following conditions:
- Staying within the state.
- Wearing a monitoring device.
- Court-ordered employment.
- Court-ordered community service.
- Attending school.
- Abstaining from illegal drugs, alcohol, and controlled substances.
- Completing drug and alcohol treatment.
- Complying with mandatory drug testing.
- Attending anger management counseling.
- Reporting to and attending meetings with a probation officer regularly.
- Refraining from committing or getting arrested for any additional crimes.
- Refraining from associating with certain individuals.
- Abiding by a curfew.
- Paying all court costs.
- Paying court-ordered restitution to the victim.
- Surrendering all firearms in possession.
Breaking any of the conditions given to you will lead to a probation violation and the potential escalation of charges.
What are the penalties for a probation violation in Iowa?
It is important to note that once your probation officer brings your probation violation forward to the Iowa courts, they only have to prove you violated your probation by a preponderance of evidence instead of beyond a reasonable doubt. That is, if the court thinks you probably violated probation, that is enough for them to modify your charges. Some ways in which your probation can be modified are as follows:
- Extending the period of your probation: this is to give you more time to complete the conditions of probation.
- Imposing new or additional probation conditions: this is usually going to a halfway house, completing classes, performing community service, getting substance abuse treatment, or completing a mental health evaluation.
- Resentencing you completely: this can mean possible jail time.
If you believe that you may be facing any of the above penalties, it is in your best interest to retain the services of a knowledgeable Des Moines criminal defense lawyer today.
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