In addition to placing a Defendant on a probated sentence, the Court will apply specific terms for the Defendant to comply with for the duration of the sentence. A probation officer is assigned to the Defendant to confirm that the Defendant is compliant with the conditions of probation, and to report to the Court if the Defendant is not compliant. Generally, the Defendant will meet with the probation officer once per month. Oftentimes, the Defendant will be required to take a drug test during the meeting with the probation officer.
Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.) § 42-8-35 provides some suggested probation terms, which the Court will generally
follow. O.C.G.A. § 42-8-35 states that the Court may impose terms
and conditions such as :
(1) Avoid injurious and vicious habits;
(2) Avoid persons or places of disreputable or harmful character;
(3) Report to the probation supervisor as directed;
(4) Permit the supervisor to visit the probationer at the probationer's home or elsewhere;
(5) Work faithfully at suitable employment insofar as may be possible;
(6) Support the probationer's legal dependents to the best of the probationer's ability;
(7) Violate no local, state, or federal laws and be of general good behavior;
(8) Agree to waive extradition from any jurisdiction where the probationer may be found and not contest any effort by any jurisdiction to return the probationer to this state;
(9) Submit to evaluations and testing relating to rehabilitation and participate in and successfully complete rehabilitative programming as directed by the department.
The Court's discretion in setting the terms and conditions of probation should be designed to assist the Defendant in living a life in conformity with the law. If you have been arrested for a violation of probation in Gwinnett, DeKalb, Cobb, Barrow, or Walton County, call the Law Office of Robert L. Booker. The consultation is free.