Probation is one way to avoid time in jail, but it comes with strings attached.
Probation rules can reach very deeply into how you live your life--it's not just about staying out of trouble.
Living With Your Probation
This is how you and your probation officer will interact.
Failing to comply with every condition of your probation may result in a hearing and a return to jail.
Probation Search Conditions
Probationers are typically subject to warrantless searches without probable cause.
What’s the difference between probation and parole?
Probation is granted by judges; parole comes from prison officials.
Who has more of a privacy interest: a probationer or a parolee?
The answer has to do with how probation and parole relate to imprisonment.
Do I have a right to an attorney at a probation revocation hearing?
Whether you're entitled to a lawyer depends on whether a sentence was imposed after trial--and on state law.
What's the difference between formal and informal probation in California?
Formal probationers report to probation officers, while informal probationers don’t.
Suspended Imposition of Sentence vs. Suspended Execution of Sentence in California
Does the judge get to choose the sentence if you violate probation?