Written by attorney Matthew Blake Wallin

Informal Probation versus Formal Probation in California

Informal Probation Otherwise known as informal probation. Under Summary Probation the defendant will not be required to report to a probation Officer. The defendant will be given specific requirements that must be met in order to complete a Summary Probation. Formal Probation Under Formal Probation a defendant in San Diego is required to meet with an assigned probation officer once a month. Under Formal Probation the defendant have specific requirements handed down by the court that must be met in order to remain out in the community. Typically in California a defendant is put on probation for a period of three years. Attending counseling programs, periodic drug testing, performing community service are often requirements of probation.

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