What To Expect On Probation

by JoelHeiligmanLaw on December 3, 2012

Probation is a sentencing given by judge for a crime that’s been committed. It’s not to be taken lightly. Although it is in lieu of jail time, it doesn’t excuse the crime you’ve committed. If you have committed a crime you still need to be rehabilitated, so make sure you know what to expect of your probation so that you will abide by the rules.

Being on probation means that your rights have been suspended, which is why most probation includes drug testing.  The drug testing is usually scheduled, however in some states and in some cases there can also be random drug testing.  Your probation officer is in the room at the time of your testing. While this may be uncomfortable, it is mandatory.

During your drug testing fake positives can occur.  This may seem disconcerting, but rest assured that you may protest a positive drug test.  Once your test is determined to be inauthentic you will not have violated your parole and you won’t have to face jail time.

Being open and honest with your parole officer is crucial to successful probation.  Your probation officer is constantly going to be checking on you and your records.  It is inevitable at some point your parole officer will find out the truth.  If you do in fact lie to your probation officer then the trust between you will be gone forever and it will make your parole that much more difficult.

Try to hang out with the right people while you’re on parole. If you are hanging out with people who have criminal backgrounds or are also on parole your chances of successful rehabilitation will decrease.  You need to be sure to hang out with people that are going to be a good influence on you, not a bad one.

Being on probation is a second chance.  Make sure you don’t blow it by violating your parole.  If you follow the rules and guidelines of your probation you will be a completely free citizen by the end of it without having to serve any jail time.  Be sure to contact a criminal defense lawyer if you have any questions or concerns about your parole, as they are the most qualified to tell you.

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