What is Probation and How Does It Work?

What is Probation and How Does It Work?

Understanding Probation in Pennsylvania

If you have been charged with or convicted of violating a state law in Pennsylvania, you may be facing a period of probation. You may have a vague sense of what probation is and what it means moving forward. This blog provides an overview of the probation process.

What is Probation?

Probation is typically given in exchange for some form of incarceration. You may be given probation instead of any jail or prison sentence, or you can be released “on probation.” Essentially, the probationary period is considered a test or trial period, to see if you can stay out of trouble with the law. Because it is a trial period, probation generally comes with a number of conditions.

What are the Usual Terms or Conditions of Probation?

In most instances, probation requires all or most of the following:

  • Regular reports to your probation officer
  • Substance abuse treatment or counseling, if appropriate
  • Payment of all court costs, as well as any restitution
  • Submission to a nightly curfew
  • Limited travel—typically, you must notify your probation officer if you plan to leave the county, or if you intend to change your residence
  • No new criminal convictions

How Long Does Probation Last?

The court will typically specify a length for your probationary period, imposing a longer period if you are convicted of a felony. Your probation officer may petition the court for an early release from probation.

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