When you are sentenced to a crime, you should always expect that the court will choose to impose more than just prison time. Sometimes, they decide to impose other conditions, like fines or something called probation. If you have become a candidate for probation, you will find that you must follow certain rules. Whether you’ve received a misdemeanor or felony, probation is something you may face, so it pays to know more about it.

FAQ About Probation 

What is probation? You are typically handed a probation sentence instead of doing time in prison for a crime. Probation is a way to enforce certain rules and restrictions on you under the supervision of a probation officer. In some cases, that could mean doing community service. In other cases, you may have to meet with your probation officer and refrain from using drugs or being around certain people. 

How long will I be on probation? This depends on the offense that you have committed. However, the typical time period could be anywhere from one to three years. 

What are the conditions I will have to meet? When you have been sentenced to probation, you will have to report to a probation officer and meet certain conditions. Some of these conditions include meeting with a probation officer on a regular basis, appearing at your court hearings, paying restitution to victims, avoiding certain people, obeying all laws, never leaving the state when you’re not allowed to, and refraining from drug and alcohol use. 

What if I violate probation and need a revocation hearing? If you break any of the rules and conditions when you are on probation, your probation officer could give you a warning, or you may have to attend a hearing. At a probation revocation hearing, you will learn about new charges against you and find out if you will continue to receive probation as a sentence or not. If probation is revoked, it doesn’t mean you automatically go to jail. Perhaps it will just lead to fines or attending a variety of treatment programs. A judge will make the final determination. 

Could I shorten the time I spend on probation? Perhaps, but it’s up to the judge. In most cases, you will have had to at least serve a third of your probation time before you become eligible. You may be required to meet certain standards, such as paying off all your fines or taking DUI classes.

Probation is different for everyone. A defense attorney can look at the facts of your case and determine what is right for you in your sentence. The best thing you can do is call us today to get started on your case. We can answer all of your questions.