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What are the standard conditions for probation?

Some people who are convicted of a crime in New Jersey may serve probation instead of time in jail. However, there are conditions that must be met while on probation. The first condition is that the person who is on probation must not commit a local, state or federal crime during the length of the probation. Furthermore, someone who is under supervision may not be in the possession of a controlled substance.

Those who are convicted of a felony may not legally possess a firearm of any kind. In some cases, a person on probation may not go outside of a specified area. If this is a condition of probation, the individual may need to contact a judge or a probation officer for permission. Those who are on probation typically need to report to their probation officer once a month within the first five days of the month.

Additionally, it is important to notify a probation officer within 72 hours of changing addresses or changing employers. A probation officer may also excuse an individual on probation from working if he or she is going to school or getting training in his or her field. Finally, a probation officer may visit the home of an individual on probation at any time.

When an individual is allowed to serve probation, it means that he or she is on a supervised release. Generally, a criminal defense lawyer will attempt to negotiate a plea agreement that results in probation as opposed to jail time if a full acquittal is not possible. However, probation may be revoked if the individual on probation violates its terms and conditions.

Source: U.S. Probation Office, District of N.J., "Standard Conditions Of Probation/Supervised Release", November 15, 2014

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