What is unsupervised probation?

Defendants who are convicted of, or take pleas to, misdemeanor offenses are often placed on unsupervised probation. Most people have some idea of what probation entails, but few know what unsupervised probation is. Unsupervised probation comes with some conditions, and it is important to understand those before accepting a plea that will place you on probation.

Unsupervised probation means you have no probation officer or agency supervising you, thus the term “unsupervised.” You do, however, have conditions that go along with unsupervised probation. The main condition is “do not violate any state, local, or federal law.” In practice, this means do not get charged with a new crime while on probation. If you do, the State may try to revoke your probation. If you have suspended jail time or fines as part of your sentence, the State could seek to impose that suspended sentence if you violate your probation.

You may have additional terms of your probation, depending on the crime. For example, if you are convicted of a domestic violence offense, you will have to complete domestic violence counseling. Additionally, you may not be allowed to possess a firearm if you are on probation for a domestic violence offense. If alcohol was involved in your charge, like a DUI or an assault committed while intoxicated, you may not be allowed to possess or consume alcohol while on probation.

While unsupervised probation does not cost anything and does not require you to have a probation officer, it is still something to take seriously. There are terms associated with unsupervised probation. A violation of probation can result in you going to jail, or owing more money. You should take all probation seriously, including unsupervised probation.

If you are facing a term of probation for a criminal charge, call us today for a free consultation.