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What to Expect if You Are Placed on Probation in South Dakota

Drew Duncan
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You’ve been convicted of a crime and sentenced to probation, so what happens now? Although probation is often a best-case outcome after you’ve been accused of a crime, many people are a little nervous about what will happen during the probation period and what will be expected of them. Although the terms of probation vary from case to case, you can generally expect that you will be required to:

  • Obey all local, state, and federal laws during the probation period
  • Abstain from illegal drug and/or alcohol use and submit to periodic testing
  • Meet with your probation officer on a set schedule
  • Keep all scheduled court dates and pay any fines 
  • Remain within the state unless cleared by your probation officer

However, depending on the offense and the specific circumstances of your case, the terms of your probation may look somewhat different. Judges have some freedom in setting the conditions of your probation, and you may be asked to adhere to additional terms, such as attending rehabilitation or educational courses, staying away from certain places or people, or maintaining legal employment during the probation period.

If you’ve been charged with a crime in South Dakota, don’t wait until it’s too late to get help. You can get clear answers and information in a free consultation with an experienced Sioux Falls criminal defense attorney today. For immediate, no-obligation help with your concerns, reach out to Zimmer, Duncan, and Cole, LLP, at 888-733-2992, or simply fill out the confidential contact form on this page.

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