What is the difference between probation and parole?
If you are over the age of 17 and have been convicted of an offense, your sentence may include probation. Probation allows you to live in the community as long as you follow certain rules set by the court. If any of the rules are violated, a warrant for your arrest may be issued and the judge may re-sentence you for the original offense. As an example of a probationary sentence, the judge may decide that so long as you are not arrested again, and regularly meet with your probation officer, you may not have to serve a more severe jail or prison sentence.

Parole is a conditional release from prison. You may be released from prison before the original term has been completed and serve the remainder of your term in the community. The court will set conditions which you must follow, or you may be returned to prison.

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1. What is the difference between probation and parole?
2. Who is entitled to a court appointed attorney?
3. What if the individual requiring an attorney is special needs, mentally ill, or involved in a guardianship / conservatorship case?
4. How do I obtain a personal protection order (PPO)?
5. What are the steps of filing for a personal protection order (PPO)?
6. How are juvenile delinquency cases processed?
7. Are serious juvenile delinquency cases different if the juvenile is over 15 years old?
8. What are some of the juvenile's rights?
9. How is the criminal case conducted in regards to juveniles?