If you received probation in place of a jail sentence, then you’ve won a great opportunity. Rather than sit in jail, you have the opportunity to enjoy friends and family and remain a productive member of society. Of course, probation comes with many requirements. To become a probation success, make sure to follow these tips.
Most probation terms with come with assorted requirements for successful completion. These could include fines, community service, or counseling classes. The court will assign every probationer a supervision officer to track progress toward these goals. Ideally, you should display measurable progress at each appointment with your officer. Get too off-track of these goals, and you may receive a violation.
Aside from your probation requirements, you will need to keep regular appointments with your probation officer and/or the court. Bottom line, if your presence is required for anything while on probation, keep the appointment and arrive in a timely manner. If you must miss an appointment, make sure you provide plenty of advance notice.
In many instances, probation will come with a random drug test requirement. If you received a conviction for an alcohol-related offense, these tests could also check for drinking. Failure of one of these tests through use of an illegal substance will reflect very poorly on a probationer. To stay out of jail, a probationer should avoid all substance use.