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wondering about probation requirements

Just a quick post about Casey Anthony’s probation, as ordered by Judge Stan Strickland, blessed by Judge Belvin Perry, and sealed with a kiss by the Fifth District Court of Appeals, Florida.

I looked again at the original order, curious as to what is required, and interested in seeing what a probation order actually looked like and said.  There are 13 points at the end of Judge Strickland’s probation order that sum up the requirements of probation.

The 13 points are:

  1. Not later than the fifth day of each month, you will make a full and truthful report to your Probation Officer on the form provided for that purpose
  2. You will pay the state of Florida $20 per month toward the cost of supervision, plus a 4% surcharge per month by the fifth day of each month unless otherwise waived in compliance with Florida Statutes.
  3. You will not change your residence or employment or leave the country of your residence without first procuring the consent of your Probation Officer.
  4. You will neither possess, carry, or own any weapons or firearms without first securing the consent of your Probation Officer.
  5. You will live and remain at liberty without violating any law.  A conviction in a court of law shall not be necessary in order for such violation to constitute a violation of our probation.
  6. You will not use intoxicants to excess; nor will you visit places where intoxicants, drugs or other dangerous substances are unlawfully sold, dispensed or used.
  7. You will work diligently at a lawful occupation and support any dependants to the best of your ability as directed by your Probation Officer.
  8. You will promptly and truthfully answer all inquiries directed to you by the Court or the Probation Officer, and allow the Officer to visit you in your home, at your employment site, or elsewhere, and you will comply with all instructions he may give you.
  9. You will not possess or use any marijuana or other controlled substance except upon prescription of a duly licensed medical or osteopathic doctor and then only in accordance with the prescribed dosage. You will not possess any controlled substance, paraphernalia or forged or blank prescription forms.
  10. Unless prohibited from consuming alcoholic beverages by a special condition in this order, you will not consume alcoholic beverages, to the extent that your normal faculties are impaired.
  11. You will submit to a reasonable search without a warrant by the Probation Office of your person, effects, residence or business premises or vehicle for alcoholic beverages, controlled substances, weapons or firearms.  You will submit to chemical tests (breath, urine and blood) upon request of your Probation Officer to determine the presence and quantity of alcohol or controlled substance in your blood.
  12. The Court retains jurisdiction to place you in the Probation and Restitution Center upon recommendation of your Probation Office without finding of violation of probation.
  13. You will not knowingly associate with any persons engaged in criminal activity.

These requirements, it seems, sound fairly general with application to most any person serving probation.

I’d think that for Casey Anthony, the big question and the greasy fly in the ointment will be the work requirement.  Is writing your memoirs considered work?  I bet so.  Heck, she’s not likely to be working for Kodak Color Vision  again.


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