Can I just pay a bigger fine or serve my jail time and not be on probation?

Probation is imposed as a conditional sentence at the discretion of the court. This means that the judge will decide at the time of your sentencing whether or not there are valid reasons to place you on probation rather than just impose fines and costs or impose a straight jail sentence.

The judge decides each case on a individual basis and you will be given a full opportunity to tell the judge anything that you want him to know and consider before he decides on and imposes your sentence. The judge will evaluate whether your offense and you individually are suitable and appropriate for placement on probation. You can not just pay more fines and costs as a way to avoid being placed on probation by the court.

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1. Can my probation be transferred to another county?
2. My probation is almost over. What do I need to do?
3. The Judge had me meet with a probation officer before he sentenced me. Does this mean that I will be placed on probation?
4. My spouse was ordered to have no contact with me while he/she is on probation. How can I get that changed so that we may have contact with each other?
5. I was ordered to complete counseling for substance abuse. How many times do I have to go to counseling?
6. I have a probation violation hearing scheduled. Does this mean that I am going to jail?
7. Why do I have to keep coming in for drug tests when I have been testing negative for over a year?
8. I keep calling my probation officer, but she is not answering her phone. How can I get in touch with her?
9. My son is on probation, but whenever I call the Court they just tell me no public record exists. I know he is on probation. Why won’t they talk to me?
10. How long will I be on probation?
11. How will a deferral appear on my criminal history?
12. How much will my fine be?
13. How much do drug tests costs?
14. Where can I drug test at?
15. What if I can’t pay my fine on time?
16. While I am on probation can I enter a restaurant that serves alcohol?
17. What is probation?
18. How often do I have to report to my probation officer?
19. Can I have non-reporting probation?
20. What do I have to do on probation?
21. Can I be released from probation early?
22. What do I have to pay for on probation?
23. Can I just pay a bigger fine or serve my jail time and not be on probation?
24. I have medical marijuana certification. Can I smoke marijuana while on probation?
25. I was ordered not to engage in any aggressive, assaultive, or antisocial conduct. What is antisocial behavior?
26. I was ordered to complete drug/alcohol tests while on probation. How does that work?
27. How do I get a restricted license following my drug charge?
28. I was ordered to write an apology letter. How long does it have to be?
29. Could I be told the dates that I will be called in for a drug test ahead of time, so that I can plan my vacation?