If you are convicted of a criminal offense, the court may put you on probation. Probation allows you to remain in the community rather than serving jail time subject to meeting the stipulations provided by law.
Probation comes with its share of dos and don’ts. If your sentence includes probation, it helps to understand what you can and cannot do during the probation period. Here are a few mistakes you should avoid:
1. Non-payment of fines and other restitutions
The court may impose a fine on your depending on the nature of your crime. Additionally, the court may require you to pay financial restitution to the plaintiff. It is important that you take these judgments seriously, especially if they are part of the conditions you must meet as part of the probation deal.
2. Associating with known criminals
The people you hang around with during your probation can greatly play into your success or failure. The court may restrict your usual right to freely associate with others so that you stay away from habitual or known offenders.
3. Skipping court or appointments with your probation officer
Sometimes, the court may require you to show up for hearings from time to time to monitor your progress. And if you are on supervised probation, you may be required to meet your probation officer from time to time too. Skipping court or those missing appointments can send out the message that you are not taking things seriously.
Completing your probation successfully requires a great deal of commitment and self-discipline. Find out how you can protect your rights and interests while on probation.