If you get let out on probation, that does not simply mean you’re free to go. Probation comes with very strict regulations. Even a minor violation can lead to an arrest. You may not think it’s a big deal, but the authorities do not agree.
As such, it’s critical that you understand the conditions they give you. These vary from case to case, but some examples of common conditions include:
- You have to go to any and all court appointments. You need to be on time, every time.
- You have to meet up with a probation officer. Again, they’ll give you a time, and you must be there on time. These meetings usually occur on a set schedule, and you need to go to every one.
- You may need to stay away from certain people. If you have contact with them, that’s a violation. Be wary of things like social media contact, which can also be a violation.
- You may not be allowed to have firearms or have access to them.
- You may have to take drug tests or even tests to see if you have been drinking alcohol.
- Above all else, you cannot get arrested again. Even minor laws must be followed. One example is jaywalking. Some people do it so much that they don’t even think of it as illegal, but it is. A minor arrest is still an arrest. Follow the law to the letter.
Naturally, you could accidentally violate the terms of your probation, and it can have a massive impact on your future. You need to make sure you know what criminal defense options you have.