This guide is designed to give you some basic information about misdemeanor probation. Probation is where the court suspends the sentence of an offender on condition that they comply with certain terms such as completing treatment.
How long is Misdemeanor Probation?
Generally, for a misdemeanor the court can place a person on up to 24 months of probation. If the crime involved a DUI or domestic violence then the court can place a person on probation for up to 60 months.
Inactive vs. Active Probation
Inactive probation is also referred to as "court monitored probation", "bench probation" or "informal probation". Inactive probation is where the court monitors a probationer's compliance with the terms of their probation. The person does not have to report to a probation officer.
Active probation is also referred to as "formal probation". Active probation requires a person to report to a probation officer as ordered by the court. The probation officer will monitor the probationer's compliance with the terms of probation such as random alcohol and drug tests, home inspections, compliance with treatment etc.
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