You were charged with a serious crime. After you entered a guilty plea or got convicted, you were fortunate enough to receive probation in lieu of prison time. While knowing you have a criminal record can be sobering and humbling, you likely feel fortunate that you've received a second chance. You want to follow the terms of your probation and move on with your life. Unfortunately, something goes awry.
Very often, a criminal conviction comes with probation. Sometimes, the court orders probation in the place of jail time and in other cases it follows a jail sentence. Probation terms can be very strict and even minor violations can result in severe consequences. Punishments usually depend on how serious the violation is and if you have previously committed other violations.
In today's 21st century world, a criminal conviction can have a drastic effect on a person long after the indiscretion occurred-and much more so than in years past.