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When you are convicted of a crime, the judge may put you on probation with certain terms and conditions to complete in lieu of serving all or some of an active jail sentence.  Individuals who are convicted of a crime may receive a suspended jail sentence and be placed on probation with some or all the jail sentenced suspended until they complete terms and conditions of probation as ordered by the court.  Individuals placed on probation may be required to follow strict and comprehensive rules as ordered by the court.

Breaking rules of probation means a violation of probation, that can lead to a Rule to Show Cause or a Bench Warrant being issued against you.  Coming back to court on a probation violation before the very judge that previously sentenced you can have serious and long-lasting consequences. If you have been charged with a probation violation in Circuit Court, General District Court or Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, it is crucial that you choose a highly skilled Fairfax probation violation attorney to handle your case. If you are facing this situation, Kassabian & Kassabian, P.L.C. can help.


Probation violations can occur for a multitude of reasons, either involuntarily or voluntarily. Sometimes, people act recklessly and unfortunately violate the terms of their probation. Other times people were not explained the rules of their probation clearly enough and end up making a mistake that places them on the receiving end of a violation of probation from their probation officer. Either way, violating probation is often frustrating and fear-inducing. If you are convicted of violating your probation, you may be sentenced by the court to spend some, if not all of your originally suspended sentence in jail or in prison.  However, this may not be the case if you partner with an experienced criminal defense attorney. When you need a probation violation attorney serving Fairfax, Kassabian & Kassabian, P.L.C. can help. John Kassabian will build a strong case to avoid potential jail time or the duration of probation being extended, additional terms of probation being imposed and other penalties.

Sometimes, probation violation rules or conditions of probation are not fully explained to individuals or are not fully understood. This can also result in a violation of probation. Other times, the rules are fully explained but they are very difficult to follow. For example, if you fail to report to your probation officer even though you are unable to come to the probation office that day, you may be charged with probation violation. Another common way to violate your probation is to not pay the court costs and fines, or the probation office's supervision fee. Probation may also be violated by committing a new crime, consuming alcohol or drugs, violating ignition interlock device requirements, failure to complete court ordered programs, failure to pay restitution or having contact with someone you were ordered not to have contact with, either directly or indirectly.


Violating your probation may give you the following consequences:

  • Adding additional terms and conditions to your existing probation requirements
  • Revoke your probation and order you to serve the original sentence in jail or prison
  • Continuance on probation and imposing some of your suspended jail or prison sentence
  • Extend probation for a longer period
  • Revoking your restricted driver's license

At this point, you may be required to attend a probation violation hearing. If you find yourself in this position, working with a skilled probation violation attorney in Fairfax is in your best interest. Criminal defense attorney John Kassabian has been helping Northern Virginia residents fight probation violations for years and he may be able to help you as well.


If you violated your probation because you did not pay your fines and costs, your attorney may be able to successfully have your probation violation dismissed in that you can now pay the fines and costs in full or alternatively, petition the court to continue the probation violation to have your case placed in the payment option program with the clerk's office.  Additionally, if your criminal defense attorney can prove that you are unable to financially pay the court costs associated with your case, your probation violation may also be dismissed on you being placed in the community service program in lieu of paying costs.

If you have committed a new crime, a criminal defense attorney may be able to favorably resolve the new charge so that the successful outcome of that case does not trigger a violation of probation charge. Our criminal defense lawyers are ready to defend you for an allegation of a violation of probation and we have a wealth of experience and knowledge in representing clients in these matters.


A probation violation does not automatically mean you will go to jail or prison or have harsher probation requirements.  With the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney, you may be able to keep your probation conditions the same, successfully complete your probation or obtain a dismissal of the probation violation.

Our Fairfax probation violation attorney is skilled at defending against probation violations and successfully bringing positive outcomes to clients who have been charged with probation violations. As a former prosecutor, John Kassabian is extremely experienced in probation violation cases from both sides of the courtroom.  This unique understanding and experience serve his clients well in Circuit Court, General District Court and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.

Don't face possible jail time for a probation violation charge. Contact us today at (703) 750-3622.

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