What Does Breach of Probation Mean?

Updated March 16, 2017

A criminal offender is sentenced to probation if convicted of a less serious crime and if she does not have an extensive criminal record. A term of probation comes complete with certain requirements. An offender who fails to meet those requirements faces the prospect of probation revocation.

Standard Conditions

All probation orders include standard terms, including the requirement to obey all local, state and federal laws.

Special Conditions

Many probation orders include special terms, including substance-abuse treatment or community service.


A serious violation of the terms of probation (violation of the law) or repeated violation of more minor terms (failure to show up for community service appointments) is considered a breach of probation.


The consequences of a breach of probation includes everything from added time on probation to incarceration.


A criminal offender facing an accusation of breach of probation is wise to obtain legal representation. The consequences of breach of probation are significant.

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Mike Broemmel began writing in 1982. He is an author/lecturer with two novels on the market internationally, "The Shadow Cast" and "The Miller Moth." Broemmel served on the staff of the White House Office of Media Relations. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and political science from Benedictine College and a Juris Doctorate from Washburn University. He also attended Brunel University, London.