Tips for Successful Completion of Probation
Probation Tips #1-81. Get organized. Keep a folder for EVERYTHING probation gives you (receipts, community service, drug test results, etc). Be sure to get receipts
2. Determine exactly when and where they expect you to report (monthly, weekly or daily). BE EARLY
3. Inform them if you're experiencing financial difficulty. Keep your own receipts, pay stubs, etc. Even if you can't afford cost of supervision, you must attend appointments!!
4. If you are being harassed by someone at probation office, make a note of their name,the date and time. This can then be presented to judge if more problems arise.
5. EVERY TIME you pay probation, get a RECEIPT!
6. Whenever you submit paperwork, either photocopy it yourself beforehand or ask them to make one.
7. Community service hours must be preformed and documented at a non-profit charity. It doesn't have to be on their list, just make sure there's a record.
8. Always document community service hours. Get a signed letter on the letterhead of the organization
More tips to successfully complete probation9. If under financial duress, it's possible to convert fines and costs to additional community service hours. Put the request in writing.
10. If you can't attend one of your appointments or miss one, call probation immediately and explain the situation.
11. If you're unemployed, keep a list of the places you have applied and a copy of the applications.
12. If you violate your probation, you face the maximum penalty possible before you were placed on probation. If you received a downward departure on a felony, a VOP will score prison time. Misdemeanor charges may result in county jail time.
13. If you violate your probation, contact your attorney immediately. A warrant will be issued for your arrest. Many times your attorney can arrange your surrender at your convenience.
14. If you are diligent about the process and cooperative with your officer, probation is as easy as you make it. Unless specified, early termination is possible after half the term is complete.