What is Probation?

A sentence of Probation, affords you an opportunity to remain in the community with specific conditions instead of being sentenced to jail or the Department of Correction. Being on probation allows you to work and be with your family and friends. A probation officer will be assigned to assist and monitor you during your time on probation.

Probation is also an opportunity for you to make positive changes in your life. Your conditions of probation are designed to help you address problems that are known to contribute to criminal behavior. Your probation officer can be very helpful by referring you to resources, answering questions, and guiding you in meeting the conditions of your probation.  If you comply with the Court’s orders and the probation officer’s instructions you will complete your probation successfully. However, if you violate the conditions or fail to follow your probation officer’s instructions, your probation will/may be violated and a judge may sentence you to jail.

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1. What is Probation?
2. What is an IRAS?
3. What are the rules for reporting to my probation officer?
4. What should I bring to office appointments with my probation officer?
5. Why do I have to sign a release?
6. What does Administrative Probation mean?
7. How do I pay fees and restitution assessed by the court?
8. What happens if I violate my conditions of probation?
9. What happens if I don’t pay fees and restitution assessed by the court?
10. What must I do if ordered to submit a DNA sample?
11. What is a pre-sentence investigation (PSI)?
12. May I move out of state?
13. May I travel out of state while on probation?
14. May the probation officer discuss my adult child’s probation status with me?
15. I am a concerned citizen and would like to know if my neighbor is on probation?
16. The court has ordered me to submit to random testing. How will I be tested?
17. What do I do if I am arrested?