I'm trying to start college in the spring and also the work study program. I've had nothing but problems with my new probation officer. She tells me I need to work and better myself, plus do my 260 hours of community service, then tells me I need to schedule my life around my probation. I have limited options as to when my classes are available and when I can be scheduled for the work study program. I'm on deferred probation for 8 years, have completed all terms except 90hrs community service, and fees. What are my options if she refuses to find a compromise regarding the time and days I report? I'm probation is out of kaufman but I've transferred to Dallas County.
Number one priority is not being adjudicated guilty on your 8 year DFAJ and ending up with a final conviction and pen time. You will need to consult with a defense attorney detailing your exact situation. You do not have many options if you are not represented by counsel who can speak with probation and judge on your behalf.
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Your probation officer is correct. You do not want to end up in jail on a case like this. Hire an attorney. He may be able to help in this situation.
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Highly recommend you utilize your attorney for this (if you have one) or hire someone to help you with this situation. Here is why: your attorney can attempt to help you with your probation officer to see if you can work something out without having to go back to court and get the judge to weigh in. However, if that does not work, your attorney will have to ask the court to modify the conditions of your probation.
Probation is not meant to hold you back in life and hinder your educational opportunities - BUT - it is a binding agreement that you entered into so that you would not have to go to prison. In that sense, your probation officer is correct, this is VERY important, because if your probation is revoked, you will not be able to take any classes from inside of the prison.
I agree with my colleagues, consult with counsel to help you with this. In the meantime, DO NOT violate under any circumstances. Do everything you are ordered to do until if/when the conditions are modified.
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