What Is Probation

Probation allows someone who committed a crime to stay in their community under a probation officer’s supervision. Probation may be an option for those who want to avoid jail time, but this isn’t guaranteed for everyone who commits a crime. Oregon allows some people to be placed on probation, depending on the situation.

There Are Two Types of Probation

You can be placed on probation in one of two ways:

  1. You serve a small amount of jail time, then will be placed on probation when this period is complete.
  2. You serve no jail time and are placed on probation immediately.

While probation may sound easier than jail time, you must abide by certain laws to avoid having your probation extended or replaced with jail time.

Laws of Probation

If you’re placed on probation, you must perform certain responsibilities, or you’ll have to abide by specific restrictions. For example, your probation can include:

  • Counseling or therapy
  • Community service
  • Restrictions on purchasing weapons, alcohol, and drugs
  • Frequent reporting to your probation officer
  • Fines

You could risk more staggering penalties if you don’t abide by the terms of your probation. You will have to speak with your judge again if you are found to be violating your probation terms, and you could end up serving time in prison. If you live in Oregon and are placed under probation, you must take it seriously to avoid becoming unmanageable.

Pedemonte Law Can Help

You may find probation more appealing than jail time, as it allows you to stay within your community and help care for your family. However, probation comes with strict requirements you must follow. If you’ve been charged with violating probation, we can help. Contact our team at Pedemonte Law to learn more.

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