Can break probation by not going to a drug class when it wasnt ordered by the court?My boyfriend is probation and we have a kid. We dont have that mush money and his parole officer told him that he...

Can break probation by not going to a drug class when it wasnt ordered by the court?

My boyfriend is probation and we have a kid. We dont have that mush money and his parole officer told him that he should take a drug class he told her that we didnt have that much money and she said it was free but it turns out that he has to pay like 100 dollars a month in classes i was just wondering if they could violate him for not wanting to take the classes

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Lorraine Caplan | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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There is not enough information for me to give you a definitive answer to this question, but I can give you some general advice.  From what you say here, it appears that taking a drug class is a suggestion, not a condition of parole. However, if the drug class is a condition of parole, then your boyfriend is clearly violating parole by not taking the class. I can certainly understand that spending this money presents a problem for both of you, so my suggestion would be for your boyfriend to talk to his parole officer about other ways of fulfilling the request or condition,whichever this might be. There are many 12-step programs that do not have this kind of price tag.  For example,there is Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous. In both of these groups, contributions are welcomed, but I do not believe they are required. 

I am assuming that the parole officer perceives that your boyfriend has a drug problem or that a drug problem is what got him into trouble in the first place.  If this is the case, then you should both be willing to do something about the problem, for the sake of yourselves and more importantly, for the sake of the happy and healthy future of your child.  Drug addiction does not make for good parenting, and if fixing the problem requires some sacrifices, then you should both make whatever sacrifices are necessary to ensure a better life for all three of you. 

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missjenn | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

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Something like this can vary state to state, however, in NY if something is court ordered (probation) and it's a result of drugs, they typically offer free rehabilitation and counseling services. If it not court mandated, you cannot get in trouble. If it is suggested and he ignores it, it may hurt him if he ever gets in trouble again.

In New York there is something called the Wrap program. If you are in New York I recommend you check out something like that. It helps keep the family unit together while they may be going through a difficult time.There are also similar programs that deal with drugs and the family unit offered through religious groups, like churches.

If these classes are something that will end up helping him (keep him good standing with his officer and show the courts his willingness to change) I suggest going for it and seeing if they may have a financial aid/assitance option available.

Also, ask the officer again. Maybe she meant something different or can point you in another direction.

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