When do probation officers make home visits?

Asked about 2 years ago - Lubbock, TX

I'm on probation for DWI and work M-F 8-5, sometimes later than that. When do probation officers usually make home visits? Weekends?

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  1. John Anthony Ross Jr.

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    Answered . There's no way to know. The whole point of allowing a probation officer to do random, unannounced home or work visits is to allow them to check in on you when you may not be expecting it. From experience, I've noticed that most PO's rarely do home visits (especially for low-level, first-time offenders), but this does not mean you should not expect one. If your PO suspects that you are doing something which is a violation of probation, he may stop in at any time. Remember, he may also call you in to his office and require you to provide a urine sample or take a drug test. Generally, this usually happens after the weekend, but there is no hard and fast rule. Your PO can check on you at any time, so it's important that you follow the terms of your probation exactly.

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  2. John Matthew Leace

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    Answered . It really depends on the officer. Some will schedule a time, some show up randomly, some never bother at all.

  3. Charles K. Kenyon Jr.

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    Answered . Whenever they want to. They do not have to give you notice. If you are supposed to be there when they show up and are not, you have some explaining to do. If you are supposed to be at work when they find you at home, you have some explaining to do.

    Probation means you have already been convicted of a crime. A judge decided that you did not need to be imprisoned to protect society, but you are subject to being searched or locked up at any time if someone thinks that decision might have been wrong. You have one foot in the jail cell already!

    When talking to clients considering probation, I often compare it to being like moving back home with a step-parent who doesn’t like you. That step-parent gets to set your hours, tell you who your friends are, tell you where you can and cannot live, and talk to your boss at work. If he/she thinks you are breaking a rule, you can be put into jail until a decision is made. It is a significant change in your liberty.



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