We are constantly informing our clients about the potential horrors of being on probation (also called community supervision). Often, getting probation doesn’t necessarily mean you aren’t going to jail. Sometimes, it just means you are not going to jail “yet.”
Lots can go wrong while you are on probation. Court costs add up fast. Want to travel with family or for work? There’s no app for that, you’ll have to ask permission first. Hopefully your probation officer, the overworked and underpaid one, will allow it or return your call in time. Late to a meeting can mean a long trip to the pokey.