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What is Probation in the State of Illinois?Some Illinois criminal convictions do not involve a jail sentence at all but do involve serving a period of probation. Other convictions result in a combination of a shorter jail sentence and probation. The sanction of probation is not available in every case or for every crime, but if the conviction is for a relatively minor crime, and you don’t have a prior criminal record, it is possible that you will receive probation instead of a jail sentence. Assuming that you do not violate the terms of your probation, you may not have to go to jail at all.

Defining Probation Under Illinois Law

If you receive probation as a result of a criminal conviction, you will be allowed to remain in the community instead of serving the time in jail to which you were sentenced. While you are on probation, you have to follow certain rules and guidelines, including reporting to a specific probation officer, who will monitor your compliance with the probation requirements. The duration of probation depends on the type of crime for which you are convicted. In most cases, probation lasts from one to three years, but it could be longer, depending on the circumstances of your case.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_First-Offense-Probation.jpgFirst-time criminal convictions can have a devastating impact on people’s lives. It can become much more difficult to obtain employment, housing, and education. Fortunately, in Illinois, certain first-time drug offenders are eligible for a probation program that, if completed successfully, results in the conviction being vacated.

Eligibility

The 1410 probation is a sentencing option for some first-time felony drug offenders. It may be used when a person is guilty of the possession of a Schedule I or II controlled substance, such as cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, methamphetamine, opiates, and barbiturates. It is also available when a person commits possession of an unauthorized prescription form.

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