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Risking the revocation of probation? These tips could help

| Sep 24, 2018 | Firm News |

If a motion to revoke probation is filed against you, then you need to understand your options. You want to present yourself in a positive light, but it’s possible that you made a mistake that has threatened your freedoms. Once a violation has been been discovered, it is up to your probation officer to decide what happens next.

There are a few different things you can do before the motion to revoke occurs and afterward. Understanding how to best address this issue is something anyone who is on probation needs to know.

How can you avoid a motion to revoke probation?

The reality is that the terms and conditions of your probation or diversion program are very specific. You need to make sure to follow all of the order’s conditions to the letter. If you do not, you could find that you have violated probation without knowing it.

To avoid this issue, make sure you talk to your probation officer and set up any regular meetings ahead of time. If you, for some reason, did not get a copy of the terms and conditions, then go to the court clerk and ask for it. It is a court order.

Keep in mind that one of the issues you may have to face is paying down certain fines or fees associated with your probation. Make sure you budget for these and pay them by the due dates. If you do not, the court could seek to revoke your probation.

Another good thing that you can do is to establish a good relationship with your probationary officer. This person can do a lot of good for you and can take steps to protect you or can be against you. It really depends on how you address them and if you respect them.

Judges value their opinions, so it is a good idea always to be kind and respectful to your probation officers. If there is a problem, go to your probation officer and discuss it. Don’t wait until something gets out of hand. If you show a willingness to cooperate and have a good attitude, it will go a long way toward helping you.

Overall, keep in mind that the way you act and the responsibility you take on has a lot to do with how others perceive you and how willing they are to help if you make mistakes in the future. A good attitude does go a long way when it comes to protecting yourself against a motion to revoke probation.