Can my probation officer make me come in to report during my working hours?

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Can my probation officer make me come in to report during my working hours?

I recently got hired and my first day is tomorrow. I had set an appointment with my probation officer before I got hired. I called her to see if I could come in later, because I get off work before she leaves for the day, and she told me no. She said that if I don’t come in she will put a warrant out for my arrest. I have never been late on a payment and I am following all of her rules. Can she do that?

Asked on October 18, 2010 under Criminal Law, Florida

Answers:

MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Unfortunately, not all probation officers work well with those over whom they have oversight.  The bottom line is probation is still part of your sentencing structure and the probation officer is ensuring you keep on the straight and narrow.  If your probation officer is not negotiable and not flexible, your employer may have to be.  Otherwise, consider getting your criminal defense attorney involved in perhaps discussing the matter with the probation officer and the prosecutor.  Hopefully, this probation officer will then change her mind or you may be assigned to a new officer.


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