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Tips to avoid alcohol during the holiday season

People who are on parole or probation have to abide by many different criteria if they want to avoid having to go to prison or jail. One of these is usually that they avoid alcohol. This isn't always easy, but it might become even more complex during the holiday season because of all the festive parties that they might be invited to.

Know your probation or parole terms to avoid violating them

There are many conditions that people on probation and parole have to meet. Some people think that these terms are interchangeable, but they aren't. Probation is a criminal sentence that enables a person to remain in the community. Parole is an early release from a prison sentence that comes with specific conditions.

Fourth Amendment rights might be diluted in probation and parole

When you are stopped by police officers, you need to know your rights. There are several things to remember in these cases. One of the primary ones is that you have the right to remain silent. This is usually a good idea -- but you need to be clear when you take that step so that there are no ambiguities.

Anger management courses might be part of probation or parole

For people on parole or probation for certain crimes, completing anger management classes are part of the requirements they have to meet. These courses can be very helpful in teaching you ways to spot the fact that you are getting too angry and finding the tools that will help you to calm down. The goal of this is to help you better cope with the anger so that you don't find yourself facing criminal charges again.

Probation and parole are 2 different programs

Some people use the terms probation and parole interchangeably; however, these aren't the same program. There are a few ways that they are the same. The most commonly noticed are that they are both part of the criminal justice system, and they both involve being supervised by a special officer.

Don't let a night with friends land you with a violation charge

The summer months are a time when people get together for activities, including ones that will involve adult beverages. While this doesn't pose a challenge for most people, it can be a difficult situation for anyone who is on parole or probation. These programs usually forbid the participants from consuming alcohol. There is also a chance that even being in a location with those beverages can cause problems.

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.

Parole violations can take away your freedom

A person who is released from prison before they have served their entire sentence will be on parole. This program enables them to be monitored in the community by parole officers. For the men and women who are on parole, the rules of the program can be daunting. It is imperative that they comply with them because they can face a parole violation if they don't.

Supervised release participants must be careful over the holidays

We recently discussed how you can avoid alcohol at holiday parties if you are on probation or parole. This is very important since you can face serious legal action if you are found to be in violation of the terms of the program. There is another possibility that you need to think about during the holiday season — the people with whom you are hanging around.

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