Failed to Report to Your Probation Officer, Now What?


Miami Probation Violation Attorneys Paul J Donnelly

Failed to Report to Your Probation Officer, Now What?

Probation violations are serious. By ignoring or refusing your probation obligations, you could find yourself back in jail finishing out the rest of your sentence — and then some. Whether you didn’t report to your probation officer in person or you didn’t check-in over the phone, failing to report may trigger some legal consequences that you didn’t realize could occur.

Probation is a privilege, not a right. Failing to report often results in going back to jail, unless you can prove you had a valid reason for violating your probation. The severity of penalties associated with violating your probation can vary, depending on your criminal history, why you violated your probation, etc. But, if you have violated your probation or you’re thinking about it, there are a few key things you need to know first.

Consequences of Failing to Report to Your Probation Officer

If you fail to report to your probation officer, he or she may report you to the courts. Then, you will be requested to appear in court for a probation hearing. The sentencing judge will hear your reasons for failing to report, then the judge will consult with your probation officer for penalty recommendation. If you are found guilty of violating your probation, the judge will determine a sentence, which could include:

  • Finishing the rest of your time in jail;
  • Extending your probation to a longer term;
  • Order you to serve a short portion of time in jail before being released on probation again.

Speak to Your Probation Officer Immediately

Your probation officer does have discretion when it comes to violation situations. If you fail to check-in, immediately contact your probation officer and explain to them why you did not check-in at the required time. Be clear about your reasons and be honest — your probation officer may want to check up on your excuse to see if it’s valid.

If you, a friend or a family member find themselves in a situation such as this, please call the Law Office of Scott A. Ferris, P.A. at 305 670-3330 right away.  Scott A. Ferris, Esq. is a licensed criminal law attorney who has been practicing law since 1987.  He is available whenever you need him to defend your rights.  Please learn about our firm at