Conditions of probation in North Carolina – When someone is convicted of a crime in North Carolina, typically they are sentenced to some period of incarceration, probation, or both. We go into some general discussion about probation in previous blogs, but this blog will go into detail about just one aspect of it.
In this blog, we will discuss some conditions of probation. These are rules and regulations that the convicted person would have to adhere to for the entirety of the time they are on probation. Like all of our blogs, this is intended for general informational purposes only, and not intended as a substitute for the advice and counsel of a criminal defense attorney.
Regular Conditions of Probation
There are certain conditions of probation that are always included no matter what the charge in question is. These conditions include but are not limited to:
- Prohibition from committing any criminal offense in any jurisdiction
- Possessing no firearm, explosive device or other deadly weapon without written permission of the court
- Paying the costs of court and paying any restitution to the victims, that is ordered by the court
- Remaining gainfully employed, or attending school, or looking for work
Special Conditions of Probation
Depending on the charge, and the facts and circumstances surrounding your case, a judge can order special conditions of probation that must be adhered to throughout the entirety of the term of probations. These conditions include but are not limited to:
- Having to undergo psychiatric treatment and remaining in a specified institution if required, for that purpose
- Attending and completing drug counseling programs and adhering to any drug treatment programs administered during that process
- Performing community service for a certain number of hours through some court designated organizations
- Compensating victims through restitution or some other means as ordered by the court
- Surrendering your driver’s license or certain other licenses for some set period
Conditions of Probation Tied to Certain Crimes
In addition to conditions of probation that can occur in many categories of crimes, there are some specific categories of crimes that may have additional terms and conditions of probation. This would include drug crimes, handled through drug treatment court, as well as sex crimes.
Sex crimes specifically have may have many additional conditions included but not limited to the following:
- Registering as a sex offender
- Staying away from children
- Submitting to satellite-based monitoring
- Agreeing to limit the amount and type of electronic devices in your home
Probation is just one of the many complicated topics in criminal law. If you have been charged with a crime, it would be best to hire an attorney.