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    In Colorado What Exactly IS Unsupervised Probation?

    By H. Michael Steinberg Colorado Probation Violation Criminal Defense Lawyer Email The Author at [email protected]

    In Colorado What Exactly IS Unsupervised Probation?In Colorado What Exactly IS Unsupervised Probation? – There are three kinds of probation in my opinion in Colorado. Diversion types of probation (LINK) where a plea is never entered and the defendant receives supervision and “rehabilitation” through the district attorney’s office.

    The primary goal of probation – from the perspective of the court’s is to supervise offenders in a manner that reduces the likelihood that they will commit a new criminal offense. It’s that simple. Once you understand that principle – the rest makes sense.

    Two Types Of Conditions of Probation – General and Specific

    There are two types of conditions: General conditions that apply to all offenders, such as obeying all laws, abstaining from alcohol and drug use, maintaining employment, and reporting regularly to the probation or parole officer. General conditions of supervision vary among the Colorado county and city courts states and can differ among the different court districts within a state.

    Special conditions are directed toward individual offenders and the risks they pose, such as requirements to attend treatment, submit to drug testing, avoid certain places such as bars or in sex crime cases for example – areas where children congregate, or stay away from certain people such as prior victims

    General and – or – special conditions are intended to help monitor those offenders placed on probation and to keep them away from “risky situations.” The idea is to link probationers with the resources that will reduce the chances of the commission of a new crime.

    Conditions set out the parameters for the person on probation. They define the range of expectations that, should the offender fail to comply, can result in punishment in the community or even a return to jail or prison.

    Colorado Supervised Probation

    Supervised Probation – which is the standard and most recognized form – where the defendant is supervised by a Colorado state or municipal “PO” or a privately contracted company such as RMOMS in Colorado. The terms and conditions of supervised probation are specific to the crime for which you are placed on probation along with the standard terms and conditions imposed in every probation based case.

    Standard supervised probation standard terms are usually:

    No contact any other felons;
    Do not possess any type of weapon, including a knife;
    Submit to search and seizure of property or vehicle at any time;
    Report to probation officer as directed;
    Permit home and employment visits as needed;
    Report any change of address to your probation officer;
    Do not leave the state without written permission from your probation officer;
    Seek and maintain employment and report any change of employment status to your probation officer;
    Do not use, sell or possess alcohol or illegal drugs; use any prescription drugs only with a valid prescription;
    Submit to urinalysis or breath testing if ordered;
    Attend counseling as directed; and
    Have no contact with the victim in the case without court permission.

    Special Terms and Conditions Of Probation

    So called “special terms and conditions of probation” are crime specific and apply to sex offenders, domestic violence cases, economic crime cases, gang cases, white collar offenders, and drug cases.

    In Colorado What Exactly IS Unsupervised Probation?  Colorado Unsupervised Probation

    Unsupervised probation is usually ordered for defendants who have committed very minor non- violent misdemeanors. Unsupervised probation is a sentence commonly imposed for lesser criminal offenses and, sometimes in more serious cases, for a first time offender.

    Cities and counties more and more are relying on unsupervised probation because of a lack of probation staff and a rapidly growing number of new probation offenders.

    Unsupervised probation is like criminal triage and is designed for very large probation caseloads considered overall “low risk.”

    Unsupervised probation is different.

    Typically, unsupervised probation is used only for minor offenses and for offenders whose class of offenses, prior record or conviction level make unsupervised probation the best option for them and the State of Colorado.  Unsupervised probation often consists of self reporting, mail-in programs, with the DA or the judge’s clerk’s monitoring compliance with all conditions of the sentence. This monitoring usually includes a final review of the defendant’s criminal history.

    In unsupervised probation there is no direct supervision by an officer or probation department. If there are conditions of the unsupervised probation – the probationer is expected to complete those conditions with no involvement or assistance of a probation officer.

    The typical six months to one year of unsupervised probation might contain the requirement that community service hours be completed, court costs or fines be paid, or classes and or treatment be completed and proof of same provided directly to the judge’s clerk.

    BUT if the terms of unsupervised probation are not completed, like regular probation – the court and/or the probation department will file a petition to revoke probation.  If you unsupervised probation is revoked and you could face part or all of your sentence for your original charge.

    The Transition From Supervised To Unsupervised Probation

    The literature in this area does not support the idea that more supervision means less criminal behavior. Exactly the opposite is true – the literature indicates that the level of supervision has little influence on the criminal behavior of offenders. Increased supervision alone then does not curb criminal behavior. For that reason alone – there is strong support to argue that – over time with proof of careful compliance with the terms and conditions of probation – a person on supervised probation should be allowed to transition to the less costly and more manageable “unsupervised probation.”

    In Colorado What Exactly IS Unsupervised Probation?

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