I'm on Probation - what does that mean? What do I have to do?

Let's start at the basics – What is probation? Probation is a suspended state prison or county jail sentence. In other words, instead of being incarcerated, you have been given an opportunity to go back to your community provided you follow some specific conditions. All probation sentences are different; however, there are some standard conditions that apply to most if not all persons placed on probation.

  1. You need to contact the Probation Department as soon as you are released from custody. If you are released after 5:00pm, please contact the department the next day. The Adult Probation Offices open at 8:00 AM and close at 4:30 PM.
  2. When you contact the Probation Department, you will need to provide our support staff with your full name and date of birth. Our support staff will be able to give you the name and phone number of your assigned probation officer.
  3. Your probation officer will schedule an appointment to meet with you. Please, make sure to keep your appointment and be on time. If you cannot make your appointment, you must call the day before to re-schedule.
  4. Stay out of trouble! There are many challenges and difficulties getting your life back together, but if you need help or support, call your probation officer before you do something that may put you back in jail.

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1. I'm on Probation - what does that mean? What do I have to do?
2. How do I find out who my Probation Officer (PO) is?
3. Where are the Adult Probation offices located?
4. Can I transfer my case to another county for supervision?
5. Can I transfer my case to another state for supervision?
6. Can I travel out of county or state while on supervision?
7. My probation expired, now what?
8. A warrant has been issued for me; Is there any way I can clear it?
9. Can my probation be terminated early?
10. Can I vote while on probation?