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Probation, parole, and trying to live a new life

Being on parole or probation might seem like you are living under a microscope due to the close supervision. That part of the program is meant to hold you accountable. You shouldn't think of this as a negative point. Instead, look at it as a way to help you learn to live the life that can help you remain out of jail.

The purpose of probation and parole are to provide you with supervision that is going to help you in line. There are very specific rules. Knowing that you have the benefit of getting off of probation or parole once you have followed the rules for the predetermined amount of time might encourage you to do what you need to finish successfully.

Of course, there is also the alternative side of things. If you aren't following the program, you can face a violation. This is a serious legal matter because it can add more elements to your sentence. For example, if you have a suspended sentence that involves going to prison, you might have to serve that time behind bars if the judge finds that you did violate the program's terms.

We know that this is a difficult position for you to be in. Making the life changes that these programs require can be challenging. Some supervision officers understand this and will work with their clients; however, this isn't guaranteed.

If you do face a violation charge, you will face the judge. These cases are handled through bench trials not jury trials. This distinction can make them challenging. We are here to help you work through the intricacies that might be present in your case.

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