Individuals are sentenced to probation by a County Court Judge for misdemeanor and criminal traffic offenses. The probationers are assigned an officer to monitor compliance with the conditions established by the Court for a designated period of time. The maximum sentence is one year, but it is possible to have consecutive sentences, which would result in longer probation periods.
Some of the conditions of supervision include: monthly reporting; participation in treatment; maintaining employment; supporting defendants; performing community service; paying court-assessed fines; restitution; court costs; cost of supervision; curfew; random urinalyses (UA); breathalyzers; and incurring no new law violations. Probation officers are required to visit probationers at their homes and places of employment when necessary.
The program schedules the Victim Impact Panel (VIP) through Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), which is court-ordered for first-time DUI offenders. The Victim Impact Panel meets once per month. Court Services provides oversight of probationers who require specialized services due to the nature of their offenses (i.e. Domestic Violence and Weekender cases).
Individuals supervised in this division are adults sentenced by County Court Judges for misdemeanor and criminal traffic offenses. The program also supervises probationers who are sentenced in other counties that reside in Alachua County.
The monthly Cost of Supervision fee is $50.00. Probationers who exhibit an inability to pay may perform community service work hours in lieu of paying cost of supervision and some of the court assessments. Probationers are responsible for paying fees to the selected providers for any classes or treatment ordered by the Court. Probationers ordered to perform community service are assessed a fee for this service.