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  1. Cstan needs help

    Cstan needs help Law Topic Starter Guest

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    In 2009 i was convicted of grand larceny and sentenced to 20 years in prison, all but 4 suspended. I pulled 4 years on the charge. It was from a store and i am non violent. My probation is the strictest thing i have ever heard of. The city of Danville has a "no tolerance " policy. Which means on my return i didn't complete a halfway house(voluntary) and was violated #1. I did 6 months. I got a drunk in public (found not guilty) and got violated #2. I got a dui/driving suspended #3. I did 4 months but was diagnosed bi polar 1. (I don't condone driving drunk btw and feel this violation was warranted. But it was my first and only ) Now i am court ordered to weekly drug screens , i must remain in therapy and take all prescribed meds, and remain in substance abuse counseling. Along with working and raising my kids...This is a lot considering i have no license. Anyway. .. My psychologists prescribed me a new med for my bipolar. It threw me into a manic phase like I've never had before. During the phase i smoked marijuana.(I don't hardly remember doing it.) I haven't had a dirty urine in 18 months of intensive probation and honesty can't say it was a choice i made in sound mind. My doctor wrote me a note explaining the medicine is known for causing manic episodes. My probation officer doesn't even want to submit the paper work. He knows i wouldn't have jeopardized my freedom like this but all the same he is ordered to report it, and is going to. This will be my 4th violation. I have pulled sooo much time behind the original charge, im almost up to a child porn sentence, or a manslaughter conviction time. Is there anything i can do?? When is enough enough? Is there a mercy rule or something? This is getting out of hand! I haven't committed a crime of poor moral judgment in almost 7 years. My criminal days are over. I am a guy trying to get it right, with a lot of problems. Isn't jail for dangerous people? I've seen stabbings, rapes, the whole 9 in that place. I have a great life and work hard to have it. I AM NOT PERFECT! I can't keep doing all this time. Its killing me.
     
  2. army judge

    army judge Super Moderator

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    You need to understand one very basic thing, mate, about parole.
    You aren't on probation.
    You appear to be on parole.
    Parole is the same as incarceration, the same rules apply, except you aren't in a brick and mortar prison.
    Your prison is virtual, in that wherever your physical presence is, that's your prison.
    You must do EXACTLY as you are told.
    You must never back talk.
    You can't ever be late.
    You KNOW you aren't even supposed to drink alcohol, much less get inebriated.
    You must obey EVERY law, even the most minor laws can cause you to be violated.
    What you fail to miss, is that you MUST be perfect in all that is required of you.
    You aren't a free citizen, mate.
    You are simply another INMATE belonging to the State of Virginia.
    You could have told the state, no thanks, I want to do every day of my 20 years, 10 years, whatever your sentence was.
    You chose to take their offer of parole.
    Many INMATES choose to NOT accept or pursue parole.
    They choose to do every day, because they want to come out and NOT be on paper.
    You are on paper, mate.
    You chose to be on paper.
    You asked them to parole you, and the state did.
    If you don't want any issue with the state, tell them to lock you up again an dallow you to do every day of the remaining time you have.
    If you don't wish to to do that, then from this day forward, OBEY all of their rules.
    Yes, that means you MUST be perfect.
    Apologize to your PO, apologize to the court, and ask for one more chance to do EVERYTHING demanded of you.
    I'm afraid that's all you can do, mate.
    You make this right, ask for mercy, obey their rules, and all will end well.
    You're screwing up your life.
    Whatever you've done, yoyu have only yourself to blame.
    Until you acknowledge that you are your own worst enemy, you'll keep destroying yourself.
     
  3. Cstan2

    Cstan2 New Member

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    I am on probation. Which i realize its basically the same thing. I had no intention of smoking. I have been drug free for 7 years. I was proud of that. I intend to apologize. I honestly would not have smoked the garbage. My bi polar is really in the way. My dr even admitted in writing to messing up on the new meds. I have tried so hard...
    Is there a difference between probation and parole? Because im on probation. Thank you for your input and knowledge
     
  4. army judge

    army judge Super Moderator

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    Probation, parole, same thing.
    Probationers believe they aren't inmates.
    But, probationers are inmate incarcerated by rules.
    Again, you must obey all of their rules without exception.
    Unless you get a psychaitrist, a person with an MD or a DO medical degree, certified t practice medicine, and licensed by the board to ply the psychiatry specialty, forget spouting that you are bipolar.
    I know several bipolar diagnosed people.
    They maintain their lifestyle and freedom by taking their meds, going to therapy, and avoiding all narcotics (except the rare RX), illegal drugs, and alcohol.
    Even IF you weren't suffering from a mental illness, you have to obey their rules.
    If you can't do that, you'll be locked up, caged like a wild animal.
    If you need help obeying the rules, raise your hand, tell your PO.
    The PO is there to help you e successful.
    The last thing any probation officer, or parole officer wants to do is violate their client.
    They want to help you.
    To get that help, you only need to ask.
    If you need mental health counseling, get it.
    The PO can help you get it, and make sure you stay on your meds, and leave the dope alone, and the booze.

    If you can't, you'll end up where you don't want to be.

    Its that simple, and if you break their rules, saying I'm bipolar won't cut it.
    If your mental health is that bad, they'll put you in a psych institute or asylum.
     
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    leslie82 Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like you have been given a lot of chances with four violations. Should have stayed out of trouble. It's that simple.
     
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    leslie82 Well-Known Member

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    You know you need to reply under the quoted post when you respond. I thought you posted something without answering until I read it closer.

    A fourth violation and you're not about to do time or get a new charge? Give me a break.

    My ex husband is on probation. 2 years now. For aggravated assault against me.

    His first violation for not showing up for a breathalyzer he got a note in the mail. Then he got arrested for robbery last year. They sent him back to KS as they filed to revoke probation. But they allowed him back and are waiting to see what happens with this never ending continuance of a trial before revoking it. He did 2 weeks and back out. He got a sanction in October and had to do 21 days. So that's about three for him and he's had to do time for at least two. So you don't think by your fourth you aren't looking at some time? And I never said anything about a new charge. I just said you've had a lot of chances with four violations and maybe you need to grow up and stay out of trouble.
     

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