Employers are not concerned with violation of probation. If you need more time to pay, why not go back to court and request it from the judge.
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Did you stop reporting because you couldn't pay? If so, that is the ABSOLUTE WRONG thing to do. Judges will not throw you in jail for not paying, if you are doing your best. However, they will throw you in jail in a heartbeat for not reporting. You need to do whatever it takes to get an attorney to work with you and your PO to get this matter resolved ASAP. The longer you have a warrant out on you, the harder it is going to be to clear things up without jail time being required.
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I suggest you retain a lawyer to make contact with the DA and the Probation office. Hopefully a solution can be worked out. In my experience, most judges will give you additional time to pay or catch up on probation fees. At times, the fees can be waived or probation could become non-reporting so that no additional fees are required. However, it all depends upon the case and the facts. If you require additional information, fee free to contact us at: www.rousecolaw.com
Best of luck,
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1st - I would advise you to retain an experienced criminal defense attorney to represent you ASAP. The attorney can work with the Prosecutor/Solicitor/District Attorney and your probation Officer to resolve the payment of the fine issue.
2nd - Keep reporting to your Probation Officer, even i you can't make the full scheduled payment. Failure to Report is a violation of your probation and can quickly result in a probation warrant being issued for your arrest.
3rd - Potential employers don't generally have any interest in performing the job of law enforcement. I don't believe that a background check by a potential employer would result in you being arrested.
Please do everything in your power to straighten out the probation issues that you have ASAP. The longer you fail to pay the required fines/fees and/or don't report the harder it will be to clear up! Good Luck!
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I strongly recommend your attorney contact the Solicitor/Prosecutor and the Probation Officer. It may be possible to adjust the payment schedule. Even if you cannot afford the full payment, I always advise my clients to make a good faith effort by paying whatever they can afford at the time. And ALWAYS report to your probation officer on the scheduled date, even if you are behind on the fines. If the Probation Officer files a Revocation action, you may be facing jail time for violating the terms of the probation.
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