Important Things To Know When On Probation
Probation need not be difficult, as long as you are following the correct procedures. Essentially, it’s as easy as you allow it to be, since deviating from those plans will create negative consequences.
Remember, the level of responsibility you need to undertake during this period falls squarely on you. And although the guidelines are strict, the alternatives of serving jail or prison time pale in comparison. Following probationary rules may actually shorten your sentence. Below are some important things to know when on probation.
Remember These Important Facts:
- Your relationship with your probation officer can be thought of as a game of “Mother May I?”
- If you are uncertain of any action you are about to take, ask and receive permission from your probation officer first.
- Your probation officer must know anything that you do before it happens.
- Court fees and probation officer costs are your responsibility.
- Always follow through on required check-ins with your appointed officer.
- Depending on your sentence, you may be required to perform specific actions; be sure to follow the directions provided to the letter. Some of these include:
- Urine testing (DUI or drug arrests, for example)
- Counseling or therapy
- Maintaining your current job or applying for new employment
- DO NOT:
- Have guns in your home, even if they are legal
- Move to a new home without the written consent of your probation officer
- Enter any place considered to be a bar/tavern
- Drink alcohol to excess
Violating the terms of your probation is a serious offense. As a criminal defense attorney at Frank P. Bianco, P.A., in New Port Richey, I will work with you every step of the way. I have worked in the Pasco County community for over 20 years and am committed to obtaining the best results in your case.