What Happens If You Miss Your First Probation Appointment?

Updated March 17, 2017

When the judge sentences you after you commit a crime, he may decide to place you on probation instead of sending you to prison. Probation allows you to remain free in the community, but you must meet certain requirements as directed by the courts. This includes meeting with your probation officer as scheduled. Several consequences may result if you miss your first probation appointment.


As the old saying goes, "You only have one chance to make a good first impression." This applies to meeting with your probation officer as well. While not a social setting, your probation officer will determine what you can do on probation and the details of how to follow your probation rules. Do your best to abide by your probation requirements, including reporting to your probation officer. In addition, you will probably have to take a substance abuse test, often in the form of a urinalysis. If you miss the appointment, your probation officer may assume you have used drugs, even if you haven't.

Home or Work Visit

Communicate your reasons for the missed probation appointment. Your probation officer may decide to schedule your appointment at your home or work. However, your first appointment will take longer than many other appointments because you will need to review all your paperwork. This is usually easier in the office, instead of at home or work.


Often, the probation officer will reschedule your appointment, especially if you offer a valid reason for missing the first appointment. He might want you to provide documentation of the reason for the missed appointment, such as parts or repair bills if you had car trouble, or a doctor's note if you had a medical emergency. While he will work with your schedule, he will not tolerate continued excuses.

Other Options

Sometimes, the probation officer will consider other courses of action after your first missed appointment. If you have been on probation before or committed a serious crime, the probation officer may decide that standard probation will not work for you, based on your refusal to take your current appointment seriously. In some cases, he could file a petition to revoke probation and recommend you receive enhanced sanctions, such as placement on intensive probation supervision, similar to home arrest. He may also recommend you be sentenced to prison.

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