Where are the Probation Offices located?
Hall of Justice, 600 Administration Drive, Room 104J, Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Do I have a probation officer if I am on a grant of conditional sentence?
No. You are on informal probation and are not supervised by a deputy probation officer. If you have questions call the Superior Court of the State of California at (707) 521-6500.
How do I report someone on probation?
Call 9-1-1 if it is an emergency or contact local law enforcement. The Probation Department cannot confirm or deny if somebody is on formal probation; however, we can take possible relevant information.
I have been convicted of a felony, can I vote?
How does my incarceration effect my voting eligibility?
Will I be assigned a probation officer?
If you are on Formal Probation, it takes about two weeks to be assigned to a deputy probation officer. However, supervision starts the day you are sentenced in court, at which point all terms and conditions go into effect. If you are on Mandatory Supervision (MS), you will likely be assigned to a deputy probation officer prior to release from custody. If you are on Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS), you will be assigned once you report to the Probation Department, within 1-2 days of release from custody. If you have any questions prior to being assigned to a probation officer, you can contact the probation department and ask to speak to the Officer of the Day.
Will my probation officer share information about my case with my family? Employer? Spouse?
Adult probation cases are confidential unless permission is given by you to speak with specific persons or entities, or if such permission is a requirement of your terms and conditions. Victims have the right to be notified of the defendant’s case status, general location, and supervision requirements. They will also be notified about their right to seek financial compensation for any loss suffered as a result of the crime. Under Marsy’s Law, victims have the right to be notified regarding changes in the defendant’s case and may be present at relevant hearings. In certain cases, the victim may contact the probation officer to discuss any concerns regarding violations of a criminal protective order or no contact order.
Can I travel out of state while on probation?
Travel restrictions vary based on specific circumstances and the type of supervision. Contact your probation officer with questions about out of county travel. Out of state travel will require a travel permit, submitted a minimum of 2 weeks before your date of travel. Out of country travel will require a court appearance and should be requested at least a month before your date of travel.
What happens if I violate my terms and conditions?
If you violate the terms and conditions of supervision, it could be handled in numerous ways, determined by your probation officer and the judge. Violations may result in your return to custody and/or court. You may also be directed to participate in treatment, programming, community service, or other activities as directed by your probation officer.
Can I get off probation before the expiration date?
The length of your term is determined by statute or the Court. In order to be released from your grant of supervision early, you would need to return to Court and request an early termination.
What is Probation?
Probation is a privilege, not a right. It is a grant of community supervision that is imposed as a structured consequence, or in lieu of a state prison sentence. When an adult offender is convicted of a crime, the Court has the option to suspend a custody sentence and place the offender on a grant of conditional sentence, or on formal probation. If a conditional sentence grant is ordered, the defendant does not report to a Probation Officer. When formal probation is ordered, the Probation Department monitors the defendant in the community and supervises his/her compliance with the Court's conditions. By law, an offender may be required to serve up to one year in the county jail as a condition of probation.
What is the difference between Probation and Parole?
Probation is a sentencing alternative that allows offenders to be supervised in the community, with the imposition of their state sentence suspended or stayed. State parole follows the release from a state prison sentence. When offenders serve a state prison sentence, they are released onto parole and supervised by state parole officers.
What does the Probation Department do to protect the community from the adult offender?
The goal of the Probation Department is to enhance public safety. This is done by offering a continuum of services that provide the least restrictive means of gaining compliance in the community. The Department works closely with offenders to identify and address the areas that create risk for further criminal conduct, and build on the strengths that promote self-sufficiency. Probation Officers assist offenders in setting productive goals, such as finding stable housing, meaningful employment, and sobriety from drugs and alcohol. Probation Officers monitor a defendant's conduct in the community and provide linkages to resources that will enhance the likelihood of success. The frequency and method of Probation Officer contact with offenders depends on the seriousness of the offenses committed and the risks and needs presented. If the offender does not comply with probation conditions, their probation can be modified to require increased participation in community treatment programs, and/or revoked with a county jail or state prison sentence. The Probation Department works collaboratively with local law enforcement agencies, ensuring the timely arrest of high risk offenders.
How do I make an appointment with my Probation Officer?
To make an appointment with your Probation Officer, you should give him/her a call. If you do not have your Probation Officer's number, call the Probation Department at (707) 565-2149.
How do I schedule an appointment for an interview regarding the pre-sentence report?
To make an interview appointment with your Probation Officer, you should call the Probation Department at (707) 565-2149.
How will I be notified of future court dates?
Notification will be by mail or by telephone.
I am a protected person because of a Restraining Order. What do I do if I have been contacted by the restrained party?
If you believe you are in immediate danger call 9-1-1. If you believe the defendant or offender has violated a condition of release, follow up with a phone call to the assigned Probation Officer. The Probation Department's phone number is (707) 565-2149.
Can I move out of the county, state or country?
Individuals on supervision must notify their Probation Officer and obtain prior approval before traveling to another state. Approval will depend on the circumstance of your case and your progress on probation. If authorized, the Probation Officer will issue a travel permit. In order to relocate to another state, you must obtain approval from your Probation Officer, the State of California, and the receiving state via the Interstate Compact process. The Probation Officer does not have the authority to authorize you to leave the country.
What happens if I cannot pay my court ordered restitution, fines and fees?
You may request a temporary monthly payment reduction through your Probation Officer. Making monthly payments based upon the established ability to pay will ensure that further collection efforts are not put in place. A willful failure to pay restitution may result in a violation of probation.
Can I convert the money I owe to jail time or community service work (CSW)?
Statutory fines may be converted to CSW or jail time at the discretion of the Court. Restitution and all other fines and fees are not convertible. The purpose of paying restitution is to make the victim whole and enhance the offender's understanding of the harm they have caused.
How do I clear a warrant?
Contact your attorney, report to the Court clerk’s office in person at 8:00 a.m., or turn yourself in to a law enforcement agency or to Probation.
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