If you plead guilty to any offense other than a petty misdemeanor, you can expect to be put on probation for a period of time that usually correlates with the severity of the offense. A judge typically sentences someone to many more days and a larger fine than the person actually has to serve. During your probationary period you will be prohibited from committing any same or similar offenses, and you will have to follow the terms and conditions that the Court and the probation department have imposed. If you violate the terms of probation, you may have to appear before the judge that sentenced you for probation revocation hearing. If you are found to have violated probation, the judge could revoke your probation and require you to serve the amount of time that was not executed, or the judge could continue your probation but require you to serve some additional days or pay an additional fine.
If you have received a notice to appear in court for violating a term of your probation or if you have been arrested for doing the same, you have the right to appear before a judge to either admit or deny the allegations. If you deny the allegations, you will be entitled to a hearing, at which the State will have to present clear and convincing evidence that you violated the terms of your probation. A probation violation hearing is not as formal as a criminal trial, but you will have the right to confront your accusers, present evidence, and testify on your behalf, if you so choose. If you are found to have violated the terms of your probation, the judge may revoke your probation and cause you to serve any unexecuted time that was imposed at the original sentence. The judge may also stay the revocation of your probation provided you serve some additional time or pay an additional fine.