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My parole officer is telling me I have to show up in her office within the hour, or she’s going to violate me. Problem is, I’m at work and need more time to arrange transportation. Can she really violate me for that?

The short answer is that there is not much you can do once such a directive has been issued. However, you can take steps to make such a difficult request less likely in the first place. Provide your supervising officer with a current copy of your work schedule. Make sure that you can prove you have given it to him/her! This is best accomplished by faxing a copy of it and keeping the confirmation sheet. Do not ask for a signed receipt from the officer. This will put him/her on the defensive.