Probation is when an offender is released from serving a prison sentence and is instead put under supervision. The degree of supervision depends on the crime.
Instead of going to jail or prison, a judge may sentence a criminal defendant to court supervision, also known as probation.
The role of the probation officer is not only to supervise you while you are on probation, but also to act as a sentencing advisor for the court.
Violations may lead to probation revocation. Review the most common terms of probation and how to get help if you're worried that your probation may be revoked.
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