If you receive a suspended sentence of incarceration and/or a term of probation following a conviction, or are placed on supervisory treatment as part of a conditional discharge or pre-trial intervention ("PTI"), then you are obligated to comply with the terms imposed upon you by the Court and your Probation Officer. Some of the typical conditions include: a) reporting to the Probation Officer when instructed; b) random drug testing; c) maintaining employment; d) community service; d) payment of all fines imposed; e) drug and alcohol counseling; f) anger management; g) promptly advising the Probation Officer of any arrest or contact with law enforcement officials; and h) staying out of trouble.
Your failure to comply with any of the terms imposed may result in a violation of probation charge being lodged against you. Upon the filing of the violation of probation charge, the Court may remand you to the custody of the Department of Corrections in the county jail pending a hearing. If the Court finds that you have not substantially complied with the conditions of probation, then you can be sentenced to a custodial term of jail or prison. If you are on a supervisory treatment for a conditional discharge or PTI, then you may face trial on the original charges. Depending upon your individual circumstances and the facts surrounding your case, even if you have failed to comply with probation, it is possible to avoid being remanded to jail or prison. That is why it is strongly encouraged that you have an experienced criminal defense attorney to assist you.