While probation is a great alternative to jail time, it’s not a walk in the park. Probation is not easy for everyone. Some people can get through it without a hitch, but others can have difficulty meeting all of the requirements and staying out of trouble. While there are no magic words to help you successfully complete probation, there are some steps you can take to prevent a return visit to court.
READ Your Probation Contract
Most people sign the contract at the conclusion of their case and file it away. But your signature on the contract stands as proof that you read it and understand the terms of your probation. You’re held accountable for what’s in the contract.
As part of your probation, you are going to have multiple appointments to keep and various locations to go to in order to fulfill requirements. Put appointments with your officer, NA or AA meetings, and counseling and treatment programs on a calendar. You will also have paperwork to keep up with including drug test results, receipts for payments, and certificates of completion. Keep all of these papers in a folder that you keep in a safe place.
Notify Your Probation Agent of Any Changes
Contact your agent if you move, pick up any other charges, have problems meeting any of your probation conditions, or are coming up on a deadline you won’t be able to reach. Constant communication is key. Even if you’re going to be 15 minutes late for an appointment, err on the side of caution and let your probation agent know as soon as possible.
Communicate With Your Probation Agent in Writing
Use email whenever possible to communicate with your probation agent. It’s good to have things documented so that you can protect yourself and keep track of new information.
Have a Positive Attitude
Violations are serious, so you want to begin probation with the attitude that you’re going to get through it without any problems. It can be annoying and sometimes painful, but it is better than the alternative. Be nice to your agent, they can help you with issues you have during probation, and things will go more smoothly.
Contact an Experienced Criminal Attorney
If you violate your probation, you need an experienced criminal attorney on your side. Contact the attorneys at Alpert Schreyer, LLC or call us at 866-444-6363 to schedule a free consultation.