A Guide to Your Illinois Probation
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A Guide to Your Illinois Probation

Probation is an opportunity offered to many offenders in lieu of incarceration. It allows adults convicted of a crime to remain in their community under the supervision of a probation officer.
 
Many of the terms of your probation will be unique to your special case. If you have specific questions about the rules you must follow while on probation, you should speak with your probation officer. However, there are general guidelines to the probation system in the state of Illinois. One of the most important things that you should understand is that it is very different than parole.
 
Probation vs. Parole
 
Probation and parole have some similar aspects, but are two distinct situations in the criminal justice system.…

What to Do If You Have Been Accused of Probation Violations
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What to Do If You Have Been Accused of Probation Violations

 
When an individual gets probation as part or all of a sentence for a misdemeanor or felony offense, the sentence is either an alternative penalty to being incarcerated, or as part of their criminal sentence that will follow jail or prison time. Individual probation terms are dictated by the court and each person is assigned a probation officer who is responsible for ensuring the terms of their probation are met. If an individual violates the terms of their probation he or she is facing the high possibility of being sent back to jail or prison for the full term that was avoided, with added time for the violation in some cases.…