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I am on probation for 4 years. The terms of my probation are as follows:
1. No same or similar, 12/12/2012, Active 12/12/2012
2. No alcohol-related traffic offenses, 12/12/2012, Active 12/12/2012
3. No drug-related traffic offenses, 12/12/2012, Active 12/12/2012
4. No careless driving, 12/12/2012, Active 12/12/2012
5. No driver license violations, 12/12/2012, Active 12/12/2012
6. No driving without insurance, 12/12/2012, Active 12/12/2012
7. No reckless driving, 12/12/2012, Active 12/12/2012
8. Complete Adult Substance Use and Driving Survey, 12/12/2012, Active 12/12/2012
9. Follow all instructions of probation, 12/12/2012, Active 12/12/2012
As far as #9 goes, they put my in a class and a requirement of the class was to remain sober for the duration of the class only. I completed the class on May 30. My situation as described of the police giving me a ride home after I walked to the grocery store occurred May 31.
I was never ever advised that I could not drink. I have documents from probation stating I must remain sober during my class and that is the only box that is checked. The box stating that I cannot drink at all was not checked nor did the probation/chemical dependency person state that I could not drink. She stated that I could not drink during my class only. My class also was based around responsible drinking after graduation (not 100% sobriety) and making better decisions about drinking. I was not required to go to treatment or anything along those lines.
The probation officer still has not called me back regarding my message that I had police contact. I know there are a lot of factors that come into play with something like this, but should I be concerned about not having heard from them equating to myself being in trouble? I am very very nervous and scared...
Thank you, Ely,
I sincerely XXXXX XXXXX help. I just spent the entire weekend trying to Google what was going to happen to me. Of course, Google does list some worst case scenarios that scared the heck out of me despite the fact that there is nothing listed on any of my court papers requiring me to abstain from alcohol outside of my class duration. I guess I am just a worry wart and have my stomach in knots over this whole thing.
You are welcome - thank you for answering my questions. One more for you, if I may? You mentioned that calling once a day is generally acceptable. Do you think that considering myself having done my part and just leaving it alone now until my next scheduled call in (16th) would also be acceptable? Or is it better to follow up daily?
I will do my best to consider "no news is good news". Though I do want to know if there are any consequences to this situation, I also do not want to upset my probation officer and run the risk of her doing anything spiteful because of my persistent messages.
I feel as though if I seem panicked and am calling repeatedly it may come off as me acting guilty of some violation that I am not. Though embarrassing and not ideal, there is nothing outlined in any of the documents I have from court, chemical dependency department, or directly from probation that indicate abstinence from alcohol outside of my class.
I think perhaps I just needed to talk this out with someone rather than it going around and around in my thoughts. :)
I'm sorry, I do have one more question - do I have anything to worry about regarding MN Rule 7503.1700? This appears to only apply to people who have three or more DWI convictions (I have two total), but I just want to be sure I am reading it correctly...?
I do have my license back under the condition of the Ignition Interlock...Just want to make sure I am not missing something...
Thank you, Ely - I think I need to stop "Googling" things now...
Simply do not panic. Good luck.
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