Some states allow for unsupervised probation. Who is eligible?
The conditions of probation, including the supervision level in the community, are based generally on standards and guidelines connected to the nature and severity of the offense. A few states allow unsupervised probation. Typically, it applies to misdemeanor infractions and offenders whose class of offense, prior record or conviction level authorize community punishment as a sentence. The courts may sentence such offenders to a maximum of a certain number of years of unsupervised probation. Any reduction, termination, continuation, or revocation rests with the sentencing judge, not a probation officer. Where it is allowed, on a misdemeanor punishable only by up to a year in the county jail, usually anyone eligible for probation will be eligible for unsupervised probation.