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Friday, June 26, 2009

Don't abscond from probation!

It's not unusual for someone on probation to miss a payment, fail to complete a program timely, or have a dirty urine. Instead of facing this minor violation and the possibility of a few days in jail followed by a slap on the wrist, they take off and abscond from probation. Months or years later, when they are paranoid about being arrested for an outstanding warrant, they attempt to mitigate their circumstances by showing the judge that they stayed out of trouble during the time they were supposed to be on probation.

Unfortunately, no judge has sympathy for this argument. This is because you are SUPPOSED to stay out of trouble while on probation; you aren't going to be rewarded for this. As a result, what would have been a minor violation now results in a lenghty jail/prison sentence because the judge sees you as a fugitive, not as a human who simply fell on hard times.

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