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Probation is a privilege, which is granted by the judge. Probation is ordered in lieu of incarceration which allows an individual to remain in the community while under supervision. Probation can be recommended by the probation officer after reviewing an offender’s background, behavior, bond compliance (if applicable), and potential for success.
A probationer will follow all directives from the probation officer which may include attending peer support meetings, counseling for mental health or substance abuse, electronic monitoring, drug testing, and cognitive based programming. The purpose for probation is to enforce the courts order, assist in rehabilitation and reduce recidivism.
The 65B District Court routinely refers probationers to the local agencies for assistance. View a list of those agencies and their contact information.
For Substance Abuse Services
Should a probationer be ordered to complete counseling for substance abuse he or she must complete an assessment at an agency within the time period directed by your probation officer. After the assessment, the probationer will meet with a therapist to discuss the results, and the probationer and the therapist will develop a treatment plan.
The probationer will follow the directives of the therapist for treatment. This means that if the therapist says there is a need to attend a group once per week, one would attend a group once per week. If the therapist says that recommends individual counseling each week, one would attend individual counseling each week.
Once the probationer and the therapist feel the goals of the treatment plan have been reached, one is successfully discharged from counseling. Failure to complete counseling in a timely manner or failing to follow the directives of the probation officer or the therapist may result in a probation violation.