Probation doesn’t mean the end of your criminal sentence, and you still will need to obey certain rules and you probation officer’s instructions. Failure to do so may result in a probation violation. Probation violations can cause you to be arrested and forced to serve jail time. Here are some simple tips to help make your time on probation easier and to avoid violations.
Build a Relationship with Your Probation Officer
It can make your life much simpler if you have a positive relationship with your probation officer. They have the discretion to recommend revoking your probation, so it is important to maintain a good attitude and treatthem respectfully. They may be willing to cut you some slack for a minor violation.
Check In Regularly
Your probation officer is a busy person, and your case may get lost in their busy caseload. Keep trying to get ahold of them to check in regularly to ensure that you do not violate your probation simply because they did not schedule you correctly.
Notify Your Probation Officer of Changes Immediately
If you move, change jobs, or have other major life changes, it is important to remember to notify your probation officer quickly. Make a note or set a reminder when you are in the process of the change to ensure that you don’t forget to notify them while dealing with the rest of your busy life.
Invest in Planning Tools
A planner or calendar and an alarm clock are important tools to help ensure that you make your appointments and classes on time. Probation often comes with many commitments, and keeping track of them all can be difficult. Writing them down in a planner or on a calendar can help you remember the dates, and an alarm clock can make sure you get up and leave the house on time.
Maintain Your Vehicle and Drive Carefully
If you are on probation, it is important to avoid attracting the attention of law enforcement officers. Keep your car in good repair and regularly inspect it to ensure that all parts are in good working order to avoid being stopped for a “fix it” ticket. It is also important to keep your registration and insurance coverage up-to-date. You also should take care to follow all laws and rules of the road while driving to avoid being pulled over and ticketed.
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