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    Probation is something you must respect and follow all restrictions applied by it, specific to your charges. Probation is your chance to remain free (or serve only a short time) given by the judge post conviction of a crime instead of being sent to jail or prison, provided you can be good.       Probation is only given under specific court-ordered terms, such as performing public service work, paying a fine, maintaining good behavior, getting mental therapy, staying away from liquor, drugs; not carrying weapons, and reporting regularly to a probation officer.
    Violation of probation terms will usually result in the person being sent to jail for the normal term. Repeat criminals are normally not eligible for probation.
    Probation is not the same as "parole"