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What Are the Terms of Probation?

Posted on : October 28, 2019, By:  Tom Kokonowski, Esq.

After being arrested in Massachusetts, you may be placed on probation. Violating the terms or conditions of your probation can lead to serious consequences, potentially even the reinstatment of your sentence. Here’s what you need to know about probation terms and how to get legal help.

Meet Regularly with a Probation Officer

You will be required to meet with your probation officer at predetermined intervals. Failure to meet with your officer at the scheduled time can result in an automatic violation if you do not have an acceptable reason (e.g., a legitimate emergency) or if you did not take the appropriate action to reschedule the meeting.

Appear in Court as Ordered

You will not be able to miss any court appearances, with the exception of truly extenuating circumstances.

Avoid Specific Places or People

A judge may determine that specific places or people are likely to increase your risk of recidivism; for example, if you use to spend time with a known drug dealer, you may be ordered to stay a specific distance from that person for the duration of your probation.

Submit to Randomized Drug and Alcohol Testing

Usually, individuals on probation will be required to submit to random alcohol and drug tests. This is true even in cases where drugs or alcohol were not involved. Failure to submit to the test or failing the test may be automatically charged as a probation violation.

Ask for Permission to Travel

While on probation, you will likely not be allowed to travel out of the state without a specific, acceptable reason and after you’ve provided your officer with adequate notification of the travel and when it will occur. The court may decide not to honor your request for travel; if you do leave, your probation may be revoked.

Obey All Laws

If you break any other laws while you are on probation — even if they are completely unrelated to the crime you were arrested and put on probation for — you face serious consequences, like the reinstatement of your fines and incarceration sentence.

Have You Violated Your Probation? Contact a Criminal Defense Attorney Today

If you think you may have violated your probation, don’t wait to reach out to an experienced Massachusetts criminal lawyer as soon as possible. If you wait until you’re caught with the violation, you could risk a more serious penalty. Contact Thomas Kokonowski today to schedule your consultation at (413) 585-9200.