If Iam on probation and I just lost both my job and home, how can that affect my probation?

My boss/roommate made me leave after she was arrested for battering me. I now have no job or permanent address. I have no idea what to do next. My probation is over in October of this year, so I only have a couple months left. I still owe about $1500 in court and probation fees. I really don’t want to go to jail.

Asked on July 15, 2010 under Criminal Law, Illinois

Answers:

MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Oftentimes probation officers look at mitigating circumstances.  If your boss battered you, and was arrested, how could you have lost your job? If you both work for a company, you should be able to retain your position.  If not, then consider filing for unemployment and looking in the want ads immediately.  Inform your probation officer what happened and hopefully the probation officer may be able to help you relocate (do you know someone else with whom you can live temporarily) and look for a job.  Probation programs (I know there are quite a few in Illinois) can help you with transitional housing and possibly with locating a job, as well. Neither of the events that occurred are your fault, so I don't believe you would be held to the same standard who committed acts to lose his or her job. 


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