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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Probation Is Hard for Non-Law Abiding Citizens

When the punishment of probation is imposed, the offender is usually sentenced to jail or TDC, but the sentence is suspended, and the defendant is placed on community supervision probation, for a year to eighteen months for a misdemeanor, or for perhaps five to ten years for a felony. If the defendant is unsuccessful in completing probation, the original sentence of confinement in jail or prison is imposed. Probationers are subject to a number of conditions. First, the defendant must not violate any other laws of the State of Texas. The use of drugs and alcohol is prohibited. This is enforced by random drug tests. Probationers are required to pay monthly community supervision fees of $60. They also must report to their probation officer monthly. Community service is a frequent punishment.

These are but a few of the conditions, but they seem to be the most difficult by which to abide. When you are on probation, and must submit to monthly tests for drugs or alcohol, don’t use drugs or alcohol. Don’t drink and drive while on probation. If you have been convicted of your second or third DWI, I think it is a safe bet you have a drinking problem. How difficult is it to meet with your community supervision officer once a month? Paying $60 a month and performing at least 16 hours of community service a month may seem onerous, but, if it will keep one out of jail or prison, it seems quite manageable. When you fail to comply with the conditions of your probation, don’t be surprised, dismayed, angered, or frantic when the State moves to revoke your probation and put you away for a while.

3 Comments:

  • I've often wondered why it's so hard for these guys, but then again, obviously they have a tough time following "the rules" to begin with.

    By Blogger jules, at 3:35 PM, April 19, 2006  

  • Thank goodness the only trouble I'm in with the law is a speeding ticket every 25 years, or so.

    By Blogger Ivy the Goober, at 10:17 PM, April 20, 2006  

  • One of the reasons I don't have your job is that I would have to control the urge to constantly ask my clients, "Are you a f*ing idiot?" When I already know the answer is often, yes.

    By Blogger Ashley, at 2:36 PM, April 21, 2006  

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