What is Probation?
Probation is a suspended sentence in which a person must keep the peace and be on their best behavior – it may include completing drug and alcohol treatment, counseling, and regular visits to the assigned probation officer. Defendants who have a probation violation charge against them are standing against a lot. The rules of evidence are relaxed so that the State can bring proof that was not allowed in the court trial, thus complicating the defendant’s case and increasing his/her chances of facing punishment. The court can also place the defendant’s previously suspended sentence into effect and immediately send them to jail.