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Top Five Things to do When You Are Placed on Probation

Posted by attorney William Umansky

1. MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IN WRITING:

Please confirm everything in writing. If your probation officer gives you special permission to do something, confirm via email that is in fact what the probation officer said. Do not just rely upon the verbal assertions of a probation officer. If you ever get violated you will have proof your violation was not willful.

2. MAKE SURE YOU MAKE A COPY OF ALL OF YOUR COMPLETED CONDITIONS BEFORE YOU GIVE IT TO YOUR PROBATION OFFICER:

Do not rely upon your officer to have a copy of your completion certificates, they could lose them. If you complete something, give the Probation officer one copy and always keep a copy for yourself.

3. ALWAYS BE PROFESSIONAL WITH YOUR PROBATION OFFICER:

Lets face it, if you are rude, your probation officer will look for a reason to violate you. Regardless of how they act, you must always be respectful to them.

4. IF YOU WANT SOMETHING CHANGED ON YOUR PROBATION OR CLARIFIED FILE A MOTION:

If you have a question about what you can or can not do and you do not trust or like the Probation officers answer, file a motion to clarify with the Judge. If you want something changed, then file a motion to modify with the Judge. Hiring a probation lawyer to file a motion will be cheaper and less painful than in the future if you are violated because you did not like or understand a condition.

5. GET OFF PROBATION EARLY:

If you have completed all of your conditions on probation then file to get off early. Don't wait a second longer than you have to and file your motion as soon as you can. Again, hire a lawyer to assist you. Being on probation any longer than you have to is dangerous to your freedom as it takes a small mistake to violate you and result in jail or prison time.

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