What is formal probation?


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Formal probation is a conditional court order that places a convicted person under monitored surveillance for a specified amount of time. As part of the court order, the offender must adhere to certain rules, such as attending rehab, meeting regularly with a probation officer, or staying away from particular people.

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If offenders fail to adhere to the terms of their probation, they face additional punishment. The severity of the punishment depends on the severity of their malfeasance during the probationary period. The potential repercussions for violating probation include fines, extended community service obligations, a jail or prison sentence, extension of probation or re-admission to counseling or treatment programs.

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