Q: Can my probation officer extend my probation for not being able to do nipv classes due to COViD19? Waco, TX
I’m on Misdemaenor, family assault, deferred probation. All my fines and fees are paid off, I’ve passed every UA, community service done. My probation ends in September, that’ll be my year. I was suppose to start NIPV classes on March 24th but they were canceled due to COVID19. I just got off the phone with my probation officer for my monthly appt. He said if I can’t do my nipv classes bc of covid, theyll have to extend my probation and hopefully I won’t have to pay anymore probation fees due extension. Can probation officer really just extend my probation. I gave my year to these people, I shouldn’t have to give them anymore because of a pandemic.
It wouldn't be the probation officer acting on their own authority, it would be something ordered by the for failing to complete the required terms. That means you could hire an attorney to argue your case but it might be less expensive to find an alternative.
For example, if the judge had required BIPP instead of Anger Management there is an exception in the law that allows you to see a private counselor when there is no BIPP available. If you ask politely, perhaps they would allow you to substitute a private counseling or even an online anger management program.
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