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Know the Rules to Complete Probation Successfully

Drew Duncan
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Partner at Zimmer, Duncan and Cole, LLP

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9/5/2015
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If you have been convicted of a crime, it’s possible you could be sentenced to probation rather than a prison term. If this happens, it is important to follow all the rules of your probation—and there will be many. If you violate any term of your probation, the consequences could be severe and may include an extension of your probation or being sentenced to prison.

Standard Probation Terms You Will Be Expected to Follow

South Dakota has a number of terms that a person sentenced to probation must obey. These requirements include the following:

  • Obeying all state, local, and federal laws and only driving a motor vehicle if you are lawfully licensed and insured.
  • Maintaining your employment or being engaged in a specific program approved by your probation officer.
  • Not changing your telephone number, employment, education, or residence without first obtaining your probation officer’s permission.
  • Not leaving the state without the advance written permission of your probation officer.
  • Not owning, possessing, purchasing, transporting, or selling any firearms, ammunition, or explosives.
  • Not missing any appointments with your probation officer, following through with his instructions, and being truthful with him.
  • Advising current and future employers of your probation, so they can communicate with your probation officer regarding any needed wage assignment or other job-related issues.
  • Having no affiliation with any gangs or their members and not wearing any gang-related clothing.
  • Registering as a sex offender and providing a DNA sample if you were convicted of a sex crime or received a suspended sentence for this crime.

The judge could impose additional terms such as paying fines and restitution to the victim, prohibiting the use of alcohol or drugs, or requiring community service. It is critical that you fully comply with these requirements, also.

If you have been charged with a crime and are sentenced to probation, it is important that you understand the terms of that probation. At Zimmer, Duncan & Cole, LLP, we can answer your questions and honestly explain what you can expect at your criminal proceeding, including the terms of probation. Start an online chat to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.

 



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