Supervised probation is ordered by judges in Arizona as an alternative to jail time, and it enables the convicted individual to remain within the community. It begins at the end of a prison term and allows the judge to issue a more lenient jail sentence. Supervised probation has three purposes:
- Ensures public safety.
- Offers rehabilitation to the offender.
- Ensures the court’s orders and requirements are met.
Supervised Probation Periods
The length of probation is at the judge’s discretion, though there are certain maximum limits to adhere to depending on the crime:
- Class 2 felony: seven years.
- Class 3 felony: five years.
- Class 4 felony: four years.
- Class 5 or 6 felony: three years.
- Class 1 misdemeanor: three years – DUI convictions are an exception, with a five-year maximum.
- Class 2 misdemeanor: two years.
- Class 3 misdemeanor: one year.
In instances where the court has ruled that you must make economic restitution as part of the probation order, an extra 12 months can be added to the probation period if you have not met the court’s requirements.
What Happens During Probation?
Once the court imposes a sentence of supervised probation, a probation officer will be assigned to you, and he monitors and assists you. You may be ordered to pay fines, participate in substance abuse or counseling programs, abstain from alcohol, and submit to breathalyzer testing depending on the circumstances of your probation. Your probation officer will interview you and make the relevant arrangements before monitoring you to ensure the conditions of probation are met.
You are required to fully cooperate with the probation officer when it comes to adhering to the conditions of your probation. If you violate the terms of your probation, your officer can initiate a petition to revoke your probation and send you back to prison. He will testify against you in court as a witness during these proceedings.
Violation of probation is a serious matter, and examples of this behavior include:
- Failing a breathalyzer or urinalysis test.
- Committing a new crime.
- Possession of a firearm.
- Consuming alcohol.
- Failure to show up for mandatory appointments.
If your probation officer issues a petition to revoke probation, a warrant will be issued for your arrest immediately, and you will be arrested and held as non-bondable until the hearing has been completed. The term “non-bondable” means it is impossible for you to be bailed out.
It is also possible to have early termination of your probation once more than half of your allotted time has been completed. For this to happen, you will need the support of your probation officer.
If you have been in prison and are in danger of having your probation revoked or you wish to have it terminated early, you will need the help of qualified legal minds in Arizona. Contact The Law Offices of Gonzales & Poirier, and we can help you regain your freedom and ensure you get the opportunity to move on with your life.