Many people find themselves in such a position and it is, I’m painful and fearful to you. Do not let these emotions freeze your response, however. Get your lawyer to file a motion with the court to address these important issues. Moving quickly may help prevent the dreaded “Petition to Revoke Probation”, which can land you back in jail or worse. Do not delay to protect what is yours to lose.
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I agree with what Mr. Young said. But if you do not have a lawyer and truly can not afford one, then there a couple of things that I would suggest you do. First of all, always show up to a probation appointment. Failing to show up is the quickest way to get a warrant. Try to take some payment each time. A small payment every time will show that you are at least trying. Tell your probation officer about your financial difficulties. If the PO says that he/she will have to seek to revoke your probation, ask if he/she will set a courtdate that you can show up for on your own, rather than being arrested and having to stay in jail waiting for the court date. Highlight the fact that you have always shown up, have tried to pay, and have completed all other conditions. If you are taken back in front of the judge, explain calmly and in a straight forward manner your financial problems. Again highlight all the things that you have done correctly. The judge may give you more time to try to pay. Also, the judge might agree to let you work off the fines as community service. One more thing, always tell a family member that you are going to probation, so if you don't come home, they will know that you might be in jail. Good luck to you.
In addition to the good advice in the other answers posted here, you may request that you be allowed to do additional community service in lieu of paying the fines. I have seen many judges convert fines to community service. I the mean time, try to make some sort of payment, even if it is just a nominal amount. The court will appreciate that you are making a effort.
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