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After being involved in a serious car accident, I really believed that my insurance company would take care of everything. It wasn't until I finally received their settlement offer that I realized they were not on my side at all. This is when I got wise and consulted a personal injury lawyer. It was the best decision I could have made. Thanks to my attorney, not only did I learn a lot about personal injury law, but I actually got the compensation that I needed and deserved. I made a lot of mistakes after my accident, but I also learned a lot along the way. It is my hope that this blog will allow other accident victims to learn from common mistakes and get the information they need to be successful in their own personal injury claims.

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What To Do If You Miss Your Probation Appointment

by Riley Sanchez

If you are on probation, you are probably expected to meet with your probation officer on a regular basis, such as every month. Missing one of these appointments can be considered a probation violation and can result in you being brought to court by your probation officer. You should take this situation very seriously, but you shouldn't panic just yet. Instead, follow these tips.

Talk to an Attorney

Depending on what you are on probation for, whether or not you have been in other trouble since you have been on probation, and a few other factors, there is a chance that your probation could be revoked due to your missed appointment. This means that you should consider talking to an attorney about your situation. Your attorney can help advise you as to what you should do about your missed appointment, and if you hire him or her, he or she can represent you in court if necessary.

Make Telephone Contact with Your Probation Officer

There is a good chance that your probation officer has tried or will try to make telephone contact with you after your missed appointment. You might be scared and tempted to avoid answering the phone, but this will only make the situation worse. In fact, your lawyer might advise you to call your probation officer yourself to let him or her know that you aren't attempting to evade your probation. In some cases, you might find that your probation officer is completely understanding and will simply reschedule your appointment. Making contact now can help to increase the chances that extra steps will not be taken against you.

Abide By Your Other Conditions of Probation

Don't make the mistake of violating your probation in any way, such as by not making your court ordered probation appointment. This will only make things much worse, so make sure that you abide by all of the other conditions of your probation. This will help reduce the chance that you will have to be penalized for your violation in the first place and can make things a lot better for you if you do eventually have to go to court.

It can be an easy mistake to miss a probation appointment, but you should take the situation very seriously. Follow these steps and work with the right criminal defense attorney, and you can help prevent the situation from being too serious.