If I had a dollar for every time someone told me “Oh, its only a technical violation of probation”, I would be rich. Actually, if you consider the fact that 71% of the world lives on less than $10/day, I probably am rich. And, so are you.
Now, I hate it when people tell me how good I have it. As any economist would tell you, we tend to adjust to our conditions rather quickly. This is why a billionaire will have just as bad a day due to his poorly presented blue-fin tuna lunch as I will have when my filet-o-fish from Mickey D’s stays in the fryer too long (this is why Tim Ferriss recommends we practice poverty). Basically, no matter how rich you are, you must resist the tendency to compare yourself to others. German billionaire Adolf Merckle was the richest man in Germany, until his fortunes decline $4,000,000,000. This loss put him at the third richest man in Germany. Yes, a 4 billion dollar loss is a big deal, no doubt, but when the man lost four billion he had $12 billion total. Even though he had $8 billion after the 4 billion dollar hit–he committed suicide after the $4 billion loss.
Would Merckle’s life been any different having 8 billion vs. 12 billion? No. The man drove a 4-year old VW Golf.
Ok. Back to the law. This brief article is a tad more technical than my typical ramblings. We’re going to delve into how a technical violation of probation can be dismissed. Let me set the stage here. If someone is violated late in their probationary term, pay very close attention to the “termination date” of the probationary period, because the violation must be addressed before the termination date. So, say you’re put on two years of probation, beginning March 28, 2015. Your probation terminates on March 27, 2017. Just a little over a week from today. Now, if probation files a violation and you are picked up on the warrant on March 28th, the violation must be dismissed. Why? How? Keep reading. (exciting, I know) Continue Reading