My question involves criminal law for the state of: Colorado
Hello. About 6 months ago i turned 21 and went out drinking. I broke a public restroom paper towel dispenser and a soap dispenser and was charged with Criminal Mischief misdemeanor. I pled guilty, and my sentence was a year of deferred sentence that would be supervised until I completed my alcohol treatment, which is a 12-week individual therapy program. While I am waiting for my therapist to fax my alcohol evaluation over to my probation officer, I am on daily BAs. Also, this is my first ever offense in any state.
Last Friday night, I went out drinking with a few friends. I had to take a breathalyzer the next day and blew .04. Now, before you start lecturing me about drinking on probation, I completely understand that I have a problem and that alcohol is ruining my life and costing me extraordinary amounts of money in legal fees. Alcoholism runs deep in my Irish family, and though I had never been in trouble because of drinking before this, I still had an unhealthy habit of drinking to excess. I was just in denial of the problem. I now understand how easily my life could be destroyed by booze.
I'm going to call my PO when she is in the office tomorrow to inform her that I blew positive. I also want to make it very clear that I know that I need therapy, and that the living situation I'm in(myself and 3 other guys, all of whom drink to excess pretty regularly) is in part preventing me from being a successful probationer.
What are some of the things my PO could/would do? She seems very understanding and nice, but a condition of my probation is no alcohol, which I clearly violated. Will she view this differently because I am being pro-active in enrolling in a therapy program? Is it common for probation to be revoked because of something like this?
Thanks for your time guys.