Probation is an alternative to having to serve a sentence in jail or prison. Unfortunately, this is often a very difficult program for participants because there are so many conditions and rules. For many people, compliance is complicated because many of the things you need to do are difficult due to the fact that you have a criminal record now.
Parole and probation programs are community monitoring programs that enable the person who is on parole or probation to be out in society while he or she completes his or her court-ordered sentence. The person's goings and comings are monitored by an officer within the community correction program. All of these programs come with strict rules, but they can vary depending on what the participant needs.
When you are on probation, you will likely be required to find a job. This is something that can be a challenge, which can impact your probation. When you are trying to find a job, there are several things that you need to think about.
We recently discussed some tips that can help you avoid alcohol over the holiday season. This is something that is very important because any alcohol consumption is likely a violation of probation or parole terms. For people who are in these programs, a violation can mean a trip to prison if the officer over the case sends in a violation and the court feels the need to take action.
The holiday season is one that is associated with parties of various types. Many of these parties will include alcohol, but this is a no-no for a person who is on probation or parole. It is imperative that you remain sober for the entire holiday season if you are on paper.
Being incarcerated is something disheartening for the person who is going to serve time. There are some instances in which the time in prison is shortened. If the person is approved for parole, he or she would only serve part of the sentence in prison. The rest of the sentence would be carried out under a community supervision program.
A probation violation is a very serious matter; however, it doesn't automatically mean that you are headed to jail. You do need to think carefully about how you are going to handle this situation.
There are things that you have to think about when you are on probation or parole that don't matter in other cases. When you are sentenced to probation upon conviction or released from prison on parole, you must ensure that you comply with all of the conditions that you are being held to. If you don't follow these, you can face a violation that might land you right back in front of the judge.
For people who are being monitored on parole or probation, the need to move out of state for something comes with an addition consideration that most people don't have to think about. You will have to get your probation or parole moved from one state to another. This is done through the Interstate Compact Offender Tracking System.
As we discussed in our previous blog post, a crooked probation officer can make your time on probation seem impossible. Fortunately, most probationers won't have to deal with dishonest probation officers. This doesn't mean that you will be able to do what you want, even if that violates your probation terms. Instead, the probation officers who are over your case will have to do the job they are paid to do and ensure you are complying with the terms of your program.