Effects of violating probation
If you violate probation, violate the conditions of probation, then the outcome is likely going to be worse than what it would be if you had taken a jail sentence or a conviction to begin with. Some of the things on probation, both deferred or a straight probation, can be community service; a fine; some sort of a class, like anger management or domestic violence classes or anti-theft classes or drug counseling, something like that. It can also include time in jail as a condition of probation, but it would be much, much shorter than what it would have been if you had taken the jail sentence to begin with. But if you violate probation by not going to your probation officer — meetings, if you don’t complete the community service, if you test positive for any sort of drugs or alcohol, if you pick up a new offense while you’re on probation, then all of those things — any one of those things can end up having your violation — your probation violated, and you’ll be back in court and looking at potentially serving some, if not all, of the sentence that you were avoiding by being on probation.