If you are facing criminal charges in Phoenix or anywhere else in Maricopa
County, soon you will learn about probation and what it entails. Probation
is a sentencing alternative available to judges, an alternative that is
favorable to criminal defendants because it means they can be in the community,
working and supporting their families.
Probation is one of the most popular sentencing alternatives used across
the nation. The courts like it because it reduces the prison population
and it saves taxpayers millions every year. Probation also reduces the
burden on the welfare system because probationers are able to work and
support their dependents, rather than families having to rely on the state
for their necessities. Defendants prefer probation over imprisonment because
they are free, and not behind bars.
Probation may be preferable over incarceration; however, it comes with
strings attached. For example, probationers are required to work while
they are on probation, unless they are a student or disabled. Generally,
probationers must complete 40 hours of community service every month.
Individuals who are on probation because of a drug offense may have to
complete a set number of community service hours as required by law.
In addition to the above, judges have discretion when it comes to community
service hours. A judge can order more or less community service hours
if he or she thinks it’s appropriate based on the defendant’s
offense. The probation officer or the judge can decide how many community
service hours a defendant performs in a month.
General probation conditions often include:
Do not break any state or
Do not use illegal
- Remain employed
- Financially support your dependents
- Submit to random drug testing
- Pay victim restitution (where applicable)
- Report to your probation officer as instructed
- Pay all court-ordered fines
- Do not leave the area without the probation officer’s permission
The above is a list of general probation terms; a judge can change them
so they are tailored to fit the individual. If a probationer
violates a term of their probation, it can result in additional sanctions, or the
probation can be revoked and the violator can be arrested and incarcerated.
If you are facing criminal charges in Phoenix, contact the Law Offices
of Joshua S. Davidson, PLC to
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