How does someone get placed on probation supervision?
There are generally two ways someone can be placed under probation supervision, either through a criminal court sentence or family court order.

In Criminal Court- A person must be charged with a crime. The court will order an informational investigation to be completed by probation. See investigations under General Services. If there is a conviction and it is appropriate, a sentence of probation supervision can be issued by the court. If required or appropriate and there is an adjudication as a youthful offender, a disposition ordering probation supervision can be issued.

In Family Court- A respondent must be found to be a Juvenile Delinquent or Person In Need of Supervision. Refer to our JD and PINS section under General Services. A Pre-Dispositional Investigation is ordered, and if appropriate, the respondent is ordered to probation.
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1. What is probation supervision?
2. How does probation supervision influence law abiding behavior?
3. What are some probation terms and conditions?
4. What are some benefits to defendants on probation supervision?
5. What are some benefits of probation supervision to the community?
6. How does someone get placed on probation supervision?
7. How does Probation Supervision work?
8. What are office visits, home visits and collateral contacts?
9. What do you do during office visits, home visits and collateral contacts?
10. Is probation supervision the same as parole?
11. What can I find out about someone on probation supervision?
12. What is a violation of Probation?
13. What happens during a violation of probation?
14. What types of recommendations can be made for a violation of probation?
15. What are typical lengths of probation supervision?
16. Can a person be released from probation supervision early?
17. Are probation officers the same as police officers?
18. What type of powers or authority do probation officers have?