In some cases, the Court will offer probation instead of jail. As a condition of probation the court sets restrictions on what you are and are not allowed to do, and will also impose conditions that have to be completed during probation. A Probation Violation occurs when the terms or conditions of your probation are broken. Violating your probation is very serious and could result in significant fines, extended probation, or jail time.
For Misdemeanor crimes the Court orders Unsupervised Bench or Enhanced Bench Probation in lieu of Formal or Supervised Probation, the length of probation for a Misdemeanor is typically 12 to 60 months.
Felony convictions result in Formal or Supervised Probation. The length of probation for a Felony is determined by the sentencing guidelines for the crime committed, but is typically 12 to 36 months, but in some cases it can be as long as 60 months.