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Job hunting for felons can be a rough journey

We have often discussed what a difficult life you can have if you are a felon. One aspect of life that is often difficult to cope with is what being branded a felon does for your opportunities to earn a living. You might have trouble finding a job, especially if you are still on probation or parole after a conviction. This is especially challenging because most parole and probation programs will require you to have a job. If you are looking for work after being convicted of a felony, consider these tips.

Follow parole and probation guidelines or face the music

When you are sentenced to probation or placed on parole, you are being subjected to a host of rules that most people don't have to deal with. These rules are aimed at helping you to stay out of legal trouble while you are a participant in the program. If you are on parole or probation, failing to abide by the programs rules can mean that you have to face a probation or parole violation.

Stay on track with your probation or face the consequences

When you are on probation, you have very specific guidelines that you have to follow. Even if you don't think that these rules are necessary, you still have to follow them. They can include a host of measures that include staying out of legal trouble, remaining drug free and meeting with your probation officer. If you fail to do any of these, you might end up facing new criminal charges.

What exactly does it mean to be placed on probation?

Probation is one of the possible sentences that a judge can hand down in a criminal case. If you are being told that you will be placed on probation, you should make sure that you know what it means because failing to comply with the terms of probation can mean that you will face additional criminal charges.

Know what probation and parole entail

There are a host of different options that are available for sentencing in a criminal trial. In some cases, the defendant will face probation instead of incarceration. In other cases, the defendant will face incarceration with the possibility of parole. It is crucial that anyone who is facing the sentencing phase of a criminal trial understand the difference between the two programs so they don't face violations of the terms by which they must abide.

Probation and parole programs often allow warantless searches

The Fourth Amendment gives people the right to not have to undergo frivolous searches and seizures. In most cases, police officers would need a warrant in order to search someone's home. There are some exceptions to that requirement. One of these exceptions occurs when a person is on probation or parole.

Probation and parole come with strict rules and consequences

Probation and parole are very important aspects of the criminal justice system. These programs help to hold people who have been convicted of crimes accountable for their actions. While these programs serve the same purpose, they are actually two different programs.

Probation terms often depend on the conviction

Some criminal defense attorneys are able to resolve their clients' cases with sentences of probation. For many people, this is a preferable outcome since the alternative is usually prison or jail. If you have been sentenced to probation, you should make sure that you familiarize yourself with the requirements of the probationary terms, as they often vary from one conviction or court to another.

Probation violations can lead to time in jail or prison

In our previous blog post, we discussed parole plans. If you recall, those plans are used if you are being released from prison with the condition of parole. There are some criminal cases that are resolved with the person being put on probation instead of being sent to prison. The terms parole and probation aren't interchangeable. They are two different programs, but they do have some similar elements.

What is included in a parole plan?

When you are up for parole, you will have to make a parole plan. This plan outlines how you plan on living once you get out of prison. You must ensure that the plans you make are viable plans that will help you to live a productive life away from anything illegal. There are some important points for you to consider as you try to come up with your parole plan.

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