If you, or someone you love was recently arrested for a crime in Orange
County, California, you will be interested in learning more about probation,
what it is, and what it can do for criminal defendants. When someone is
placed on probation, they are “supervised” in the community
by a probation officer (PO). OC offenders are placed on
probation after they are released from jail.
Probation is a sentencing alternative available to judges, which allows
offenders to return to the community where they can work and financially
support their families. Probationers can continue to earn a living, they
can pay taxes, and pay victim restitution (where applicable). According
to the Orange County Probation Department, its probation officers supervise
about 15,000 adult and juvenile probationers on average.
Benefits of probation vs. incarceration:
- Helps crime victims by collecting restitution.
- Reduces the number of families on public assistance while their loved ones
- Helps the community by performing community service.
- Helps the offender become a productive member of society.
- Allows the offender to be at home with their family.
Consequences of Probation Violations
When offenders are placed on probation, they are given a set of terms and
conditions to follow. Common conditions of probation include: 1) do not
break the law, 2) submit to random drug testing, 3) do not use illegal
drugs, 4) stay gainfully employed, 5) support one’s family, 6) pay
victim restitution and court-ordered fines, and 7) do not leave the area
without the probation officer’s permission among others.
If a probationer violates his or her conditions of probation, they will
be held accountable. A probation officer can send the violator back to
court for a “probation violation,” which could result in incarceration.
If the violator is penalized, it could mean additional sanctions, such
as increased reporting and testing, community service, and being referred
to a Day Reporting Center. For more information on probation in OC,
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