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Undestanding conditions of probation

If you have been convicted of a federal crime and your sentence included probation in lieu of prison or probation in addition to some time in prison, you will want to understand some of the requirements of probation and the conditions you must meet. Failure to comply with the conditions may result in you being deemed as having violated the terms of your probation.

According to the U.S. Courts, one of the first things you will need to do is make an initial connection with your probation officer within the timeframe designated by the courts after you are released from custody. At this meeting, you will learn about when and how you will be required to check in with the probation officer on an ongoing basis. Your check-ins may happen in person, via email, phone call or some other method as the officer directs.

If you want to leave the area for any reason, you will first need to tell your probation officer and get approval. Similarly, your probation officer must know where you live and approve of your living location and situation. Therefore, any moves must be communicated with the officer. You are also forbidden from being in communication with a person who may be involved in criminal activity or who has a prior felony conviction on record unless your probation officer indicates such communication is acceptable.

If you would like to learn more about the conditions of probation for a federal crime, please feel free to visit the defendant's probation and supervised release page of our Minnesota criminal defense website.

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