Articles Posted in Probation

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moldWe are constantly informing our clients about the potential horrors of being on probation (also called community supervision).  Often, getting probation doesn’t necessarily mean you aren’t going to jail.  Sometimes, it just means you are not going to jail “yet.”

Lots can go wrong while you are on probation.  Court costs add up fast.  Want to travel with family or for work? There’s no app for that, you’ll have to ask permission first.  Hopefully your probation officer, the overworked and underpaid one, will allow it or return your call in time. Late to a meeting can mean a long trip to the pokey.

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dwi15Well, there’s a new law in town, and the local police and District Attorneys are already pushing it hard. Its a DWI with a breath or blood alcohol level of .15 or more.

The amended text of Penal Code 49.04 reads:

(d) If it is shown on the trial of an offense under this section that an analysis of a specimen of the person’s blood, breath, or urine showed an alcohol concentration level of 0/15 or more at the time the analysis was performed, the offense is a Class A misdemeanor.

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Recently, I was in contact with Michael Salas, a licensed counselor.  He had read my article, Substance Abuse Evaluations (SASSI) in DWI cases, which is one of the highest read pages from my blog.

He wrote an article about the other side of substance abuse evaluations — they way they should be done.  Objective Substance Abuse Evaluations is the title and I’ve included the text below:

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