What Does Breach of Probation Mean?

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What Does Breach of Probation Mean?
Understanding the meaning of breach of probation. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Scott Davidson)

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.

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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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