Probation and Parole

People often confuse the terms probation and parole. Probation is part of the sentencing that a person receives when convicted. It is imposed by the judge and can reduce or eliminate the time that a defendant must spend in custody. The defendant can be supervised by the court or by a probation officer.

Though misdemeanor and felony probation are structured differently, they each have certain terms and conditions which are strictly enforced. The failure to complete or abide by any of the terms and conditions may result in a probation violation.

Misdemeanor probation typically lasts from one to three years, although in rare cases, it can last as long as five years. There is no reporting to a probation officer. The court acts as the probation officer.

Felony probation is similar to misdemeanor probation. It may also be imposed for up to five years. However, when the court places a defendant on felony probation, a probation officer is assigned to the case. The purpose of this supervision is to ensure that a defendant remain in the state and in compliance with all terms and conditions imposed by the court.

Parole is also a supervised program but it only applies in felony cases where a person is sent to a California state prison. Parole takes place when inmates re-enter the community after their release from prison.

Inmates are usually entitled to earn good time credit while in prison. This credit allows inmates who behave while in prison the opportunity to serve only part of their sentence.

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Greg D. Brenner Criminal Defense Attorney in Beverly Hills Law Office

9454 Wilshire Boulevard Suite 600 Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Phone: (310) 273-9050 | Fax: (310) 273-9099

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