Written by attorney Matthew Blake Wallin | Jan 6, 2011

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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