You have been convicted of a crime, attended court, and now you are on probation. So what happens now? Being on probation is a very serious situation that requires you to adhere to certain rules and regulations. Failure to follow these conditions can lead to unpleasant consequences. Managing your time on probation can be easier if you follow the following tips:
1. Attend all scheduled court dates
During your time on probation you will be required to attend regularly scheduled court dates. It is imperative that you show up to all court dates on time. Failure to do so is considered a violation of your probation. Depending on the discretion of your parole officer consequences for missed court dates can vary from a simple warning to a probation violation hearing.
2. Attend all scheduled meetings with your probation officers
Also, while on probation you will be expected to attend regular meetings with your probation officer. When attending these meetings show up at the designated time. Dress appropriately, be polite, and cooperate with the court appointed probation officer. Your probation officer is required to give updates to the judge regarding your behavior. Behaving well can positively impact your sentence. If you probation officer strongly feels that you are making his or her job easier by showing good behavior he will be more inclined to give good positive remarks. Basically, good behavior does not go unnoticed while on probation.
3. Do not break curfew conditions
Sometimes, curfew conditions will be imposed while on probation. Curfew conditions prohibit you from being outside during certain hours. For defendants curfew is often considered a pre-trial release condition. For those on probation it sometimes seen as a necessary condition to fulfill in order to be released from probation. In addition to breaking curfew, traveling out of the state without notifying your officer is a violation. Although it may vary from state to state most curfew hours are from 10 at night to 6 in the morning.
4. Avoid excessive alcohol consumption or any illegal drug use
Illegal drugs use on its own is a serious offense that is punishable by law, however engaging in such activity while on probation is a completely different ball game. If you are caught with illegal substances while on probation the court will be less inclined to be lenient with your punishment. Adding DUI's and drug charges to your record is a way to land yourself into deeper trouble. Your new offense will be a violation of your current probation, which will most likely result in actual jail time.
Being on a probation can be difficult. It restricts you from living your life as you normally would and it also requires you to follow rules and regulations. If you honor all the conditions then your probationary period may seem less unbearable.
If you have violated a condition of probation and are seeking legal counsel, feel free tocontact us at Kyle Law Firm.