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How do I make an appointment with my Probation Officer?

To make an appointment with your Probation Officer, you should give him/her a call. If you do not have your Probation Officer's number, call the Probation Department switchboard at (805) 781-5300.

How can an adult have his or her record cleared?

Once all probation grants are closed, the person can petition the Court directly or complete paperwork at the Probation Department to have Midsdemeanor or Felony conviction dismissed except for conviction described in PC 1203.4(b).

How do I determine the name of the Probation Officer assigned to a particular adult probationer?

Telephone 781-5300.

How long is the Batterer’s Intervention Program (BIP)?

52 weeks

How much does BIP cost?

$75 for assessment, $35 per session, $50 for the exit interview

Where the BIP sessions held?

The session sites are located throughout the county; the women’s group is held in San Luis Obispo.

What happens if I don’t attend the court ordered sessions of BIP?

You will be brought before the Court (Judge) for a possible probation violation.

How often will I be drug tested?

The Probation Department conducts random chemical testing at the discretion of the Deputy Probation Officer.  Testing frequently depends upon the probationer's history and current performance.

How do I schedule an appointment for an interview regarding the pre-sentence report?

Report in person to the Probation Dept. at 1730 Bishop Street. The front desk clerk will schedule an appointment for you. If you are in custody, a Probation Officer will come to the jail and interview you before our sentencing hearing.

How will I be notified of future court dates?

Notification will be by mail or in person by a Court or Probation official.

My adult son/daughter is on probation. How do I find out information about his/her case?

Information is confidential unless a Release of Information form has been signed by the probationer.  Your son/daughter's Probation Officer can discuss this further with you. 

I am a protected person because of a Restraining Order. What do I do if I have been contacted by the probationer/defendant?

Call 9-1-1 if you feel that you are in immediate danger. Follow up with a phone call to the assigned Probation Officer. The Probation Department’s phone number is 805-781-5300.

How do I get off probation before the expiration date?

You must have complied with all terms and conditions of probation, completed at least half of your probation term, and have had no probation violations that resulted in additional jail time. Additionally, any court ordered restitution must have been paid in full. You can seek early termination via your attorney or Probation Officer who will process you through the court process.

Can I travel or move out of the county, state or country?

To travel out of county, you must notify your Deputy Probation Officer (DPO) of the need for the travel and obtain approval from your DPO prior to leaving the county. Approval will depend on the circumstance of your case. To travel out of state, you will need to obtain approval and a Travel Permit from your DPO. To move out of state, you must obtain approval from your DPO, the state of California and the receiving state via the Interstate Compact process.

How do I reduce my felony conviction to a misdemeanor?

You must make this request through your attorney.

What happens if I can not pay my court ordered restitution, fines and fees?

You may request a temporary monthly payment reduction with the approval of your Probation Officer.

Can I convert the money I owe to jail time or community work service (CWS)?

Statutory fines may be converted to CWS or jail time at the discretion of the court. Restitution and all other fines and fees are not convertible.

How do I clear a warrant?

Contact your attorney or turn yourself in to a law enforcement agency or to Probation.

How do I find out who someone’s Probation Officer is?

This is confidential information that can not be shared with the public.  If you think someone is on probation and they may be violating their probation, contact us at 805-781-5300 and a Probation Officer will obtain the information from you and will respond accordingly.

What is Drug Court?

The Drug Court model utilizes the judge as the primary motivator. Drug Court participants appear before the judge on a regular basis and, therefore, have an opportunity to receive encouragement and praise for positive progress as well as timely sanctions for probation violations. Intensive treatment and close probation supervision are also important components of the Drug Court model.

Who is eligible for Drug Court?

Drug Court participants who have been convicted of a non-violent felony and have primary or underlying substance abuse issues. Candidates are screened for acceptance by the treatment team and probation.

What is Proposition 36?

In November of 2000, California passed Proposition 36, the Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act. The purpose is to divert non-violent probationers and parolees charged with simple drug possession or drug use offenses from jail to treatment.

Who is eligible for the Proposition 36 program?

  1. Those with new convictions for drug possession or being under the influence.
  2. Persons on probation for drug possession or under the influence offenses.
  3. Persons on parole with no prior convictions for a serious or violent felony.

I just came from Court, How do I make an appointment to see my Probation Officer?

Report in person to the Probation Dept. at 1730 Bishop Street. The front desk clerk will schedule an appointment for you. If you are in custody, a Probation Officer will come to the jail and interview you before our sentencing hearing.


What is the difference between Formal and Bench Probation?

Formal Probation

Formal probation means the suspension of the imposition or execution of a sentence and the order of conditional and revocable release in the community under the supervision of a Probation Officer. P.C. 1203(a). Probation is an act of grace and clemency, not a right. People v. Rodriguez (1990) 51 Cal.3d 437, 445; In re Bine (1957) 47 Cal.2d 814, 817; In Re Peeler (1968) 266 Cal.App.2d 483, 489. Probation under the supervision of a Probation Officer is often referred to as "formal" probation.

Bench Probation / Conditional Sentence

Bench probation is is also commonly referred to as "informal" or "summary" or "conditional sentence" probation. A grant of summary or informal probation is a "conditional sentence". See P.C. 1203(a); People v. Glee (2000) 82 Cal.App.4th 99. Summary probation means the suspension of the imposition or execution of a sentence and the order of revocable release in the community subject to the conditions established by the court without the supervision of a Probation Officer. P.C. 1203(a). In misdemeanor and infraction cases, both probation and conditional sentences are authorized whenever probation is authorized in the code as a sentencing option. P.C. 1203(a). However, summary probation (a conditional sentence) is not authorized in felony cases. Glee, supra, at 103. /p>

Both formal probation and summary probation (bench probation) can be violated. P.C. 1203.2(a).


How can I find out if someone is on formal Probation or Conditional Sentence (Bench Probation)?

Go to the San Luis Obispo Count Superior Court in San Luis Obispo, room 220. There is a large binder that shows all adults on formal probation and conditional sentence.