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Informal Probation Rules

What is informal probation?

Informal probation is simple probation in which an individual may not be required to meet a probation officer. The individual is not obligated to stay within a county, state or country during the probationary period. If the individual violates another law during this term, the informal probation could be revoked and the individual could be punished by court for probation violation as a separate offence. The individual may also be subjected to drugs and alcohol testing at any time during informal probation. Read below to view Expert answers relating to Informal Probation.

Would it be considered probation violation if an individual who is on informal probation gets caught with less than one ounce of marijuana?

It would be considered violation of probation in most parts of the United States, if an individual who is on informal probation, is caught with any amount of marijuana. The only exception to this would be California, where the individual may be allowed to have marijuana for medical reasons, provided he/she has the required license to do so.

Can an individual, who has served informal probation for one year without any violations, have his/her gun rights restored in the state of Pennsylvania?

Rules about gun rights may differ from state to state in the U.S. In some states like Pennsylvania, if an individual pleads guilty in a misdemeanor crime or was found guilty of a crime punishable by more than one year, the individual may not be able to have their gun rights restored. However, if the individual’s charges do not carry potential sentence for more than a year, then the individual may have their gun rights restored. The individual may contact the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigation Service) unit that would do a background check on the individual. The individual may also need to give them certified copies of court dispositions for all the criminal cases and proof that they have completed the sentence. The whole process may take between three and six months.

Would an individual, who is on informal probation, be sent to jail, if they were late on payments to the court?

In many situations the court can revoke the probation and order the person to be jailed for failing to pay court costs and or fines. However many times as long as the individual is able to prove to the judge that the individual has either already paid the court or plans to pay the court on time in the future, the individual may not be jailed for late payment. The individual could also let the judge know of his/her lack of funds and request for a new payment plan.

Can a person, who is on informal probation join the military?

It is likely that a person, who is on informal probation, may be allowed to join the military. In most situations if the Military does accept the person that is on informal probation, the person would need a waiver to do so. The individual could also seek an early termination of the probation from the court.

Can a formal probation be changed to an informal probation?

It may be possible to get a formal probation changed to an informal probation. The individual may use the same form as any of the other legal papers. He/she may mention the state and name on the left and the case number and request for the motion on the right. Below, the individual may mention what he/she wants and why. Once this is done, the individual can sign the form and file it in court with a copy sent to the prosecutor. The request to change from formal to informal probation may be filed in the same state in which the individual pleaded guilty.

Though informal probation may not be as strict as formal probation and may not require the individual to report to the probation officer regularly, there are many informal probation rules that the individual needs to follow. Failure to do so could lead to punishment for probation violation. It is important for people who are serving informal probation to know what informal probation is, what the different informal probation rules are and what are the consequences of violating informal probation. Questions relating to informal probation can be answered by the thousands of available Experts.

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