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Probation and The Minnesota Court System

by Dec 15, 2019Criminal Defense Attorney, Minnesota Attorney, Sam Edmunds

Whether you were convicted of DWI, careless driving, assault, drug possession, or any other offense, a term of probation was likely part of your sentence. When someone is placed on probation they must remain in good behavior for a certain period of time. In Minnesota, there are typically two types of probation: probation to the court and probation to community corrections.

Types of Minnesota Probation

Generally, if the only condition of your sentence is to remain law abiding, you will be sentenced to probation to the court. In this type of situation, you will need to hold yourself responsible to follow the law. If you are required to complete classes or community service as a condition of this probation, you are responsible for providing proper documentation directly to the court.

If you have other conditions as part of your sentence, you will likely have to report to a probation officer with community corrections. The specific conditions of your probation can be determined by the judge when you are placed on probation and sometimes by your probation officer. Minnesota probation rules can be different in each case.

Some Minnesota probation conditions include:

  • Having no similar offenses
  • Obeying all laws and orders of the court
  • Reporting on a regular basis to your PO
  • Being truthful with your probation officer
  • Reporting any arrest immediately to your PO
  • Not leaving the State of Minnesota without your PO’s permission
  • Not owning, possessing or using a firearm (if on probation for a felony offense)

Some common offense-specific conditions of probation include:

  • Attend anger management classes
  • Comply with a no contact order
  • A certain amount of jail time
  • Paying restitution
  • Remain free of drug / alcohol use
  • Random drug / alcohol screenings

Supervised Probation Rules in MN

When you are assigned a probation officer by the court it is known as supervised probation. While you’re on supervised probation you’ll be required to meet with your probation officer regularly. Your PO will make sure you’re following all stipulations of your probation until you’ve completed your probationary period. He or she will also try to help you make positive changes in your life that will help you abide by the law.

The rules of supervised probation vary from case to case. You may be required to abide by a curfew, hold down a job, and/or keep from associating with known criminals. If these rules are violated, you may be called back to court where the judge can impose additional consequences, such as community service, jail or even prison.

An Attorney Can Help You Understand Minnesota Probation Laws

If you are accused of violating a condition of probation, contact an attorney to discuss your legal rights. Facing a probation violation on your own can be difficult and lead to dangerous consequences. If you or someone you know has been accused of violating probation, it is important to speak with a skilled defense lawyer. With expert representation by your side you can receive the best possible outcome.

The Minnesota Probation attorneys at Sieben Edmunds Miller know the latest Minnesota probation laws and have the experience needed to protect your rights and help you move on with your life. Contact us today to get started. We can be reached by phone at (651) 323-2464.

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