If you are in trouble with the law for a serious offense, you may have the option of receiving probation. In some cases, getting probation is a good result, but it is easier that one might think to violate the terms of their probation.
Under California Penal Code 1203.3, the court has the right and authority to revoke, modify, or change its order of suspension or execution of your sentence if you are found guilty of violating the terms of your probation.
There are seven possible consequences one could face for a probation violation.
A judge may revoke probation and impose he original sentence. For example, if the judge suspended your original sentence and ordered probation in lieu of jail time, a violation can result in the revocation of your probation and imposition of the suspended jail or prison sentence.
A judge may revoke probation all together, and impose the maximum sentence allowed by law.
A judge may extend the term-length of the probation period.
A judge may order counseling relevant to the reasons which caused you to violate your probation.
A judge may order new or additional terms to your probation that would best serve the interests of the justice system.
A judge may order you to perform community service for a local charity of organization or government if you violate your probation.
If you violate your probation because you are found in possession of illegal narcotics or alcohol, the court can order you to participate in a substance abuse or rehabilitative treatment program as a condition of your probation.