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Adult Misdemeanor Probation

Frequently Asked Questions

Community Service
  • Can I pick my own community service site?
    No. Community service must be assigned to an approved probation site after the community service insurance fee (csi) is paid. In rare circumstances alternative community service sites may be utilized after approval from your probation Officer.

  • May I buy out my community service?
    Only if the Judge gave you permission and this is noted in your court minutes.

  • What is community service insurance (csi)?
    Community service insurance (csi) protects the probationer in case there is an injury or accident at the community service site. Community service cannot be assigned until this is paid. Community service insurance (csi) is $3.95 for every 50 hours.

  • What is the difference between alternative community service and regular community service?
    Alternative community service can only be completed at a government monitored work site such as the Transfer Station or the Roads Department. Regular community service can be completed at a non-profit agency that is approved by the Probation Division.

  • Where do I receive my assigned community service?
    Probationers must report to the Probation Office, located at 212 Eslinger Way in Sanford to be assigned community service by their Probation Officer. Probations will be provided reporting instructions and contact information for their assigned community service.

Drug Testing
  • Can I be tested for drugs or alcohol if I am not on probation for a drug or alcohol related charge?
    Yes. Probationers are subject to a random drug and alcohol tests at any time.

  • What should I do if I am taking prescribed medications that may show up on a drug test?
    All prescription medications must be documented by your probation officer. Be sure to bring all prescription medications with you when you meet with your probation officer (please keep the pills in their respective bottles).

  • When will I be drug or alcohol tested?
    You may be drug tested at ANY time while you are on probation.

  • When will I get the results of my drug test?
    Drug tests are performed at the Probation Office and the results are instant.

Early Termination
  • Am I able to get off of probation early?
    Your Probation Officer can apply for early termination. It must be approved by your judge.

  • How long does it take for the Judge to respond to an early termination request?
    Approximately 3 to 4 weeks.

  • What do I have to do to become eligible for early termination?
    In order to be eligible for early termination you must complete ALL probation conditions. You must also have completed counseling, be current with cost of supervision and have completed at least HALF your term of supervision.

Immobilization
  • How can I get my vehicle immobilized?
    You may use an outside immobilization agency or you may immobilize your vehicle through the Probation Division. If you would like to immobilize your vehicle through the Probation Division, please bring a copy of the vehicle's license plate number, registration and a money order made out to the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office for the specified amount and we will perform the immobilization.

  • How much does immobilization cost?
    Depending on how many days the Judge orders it can cost either $100.00/ $150.00/ $250.00.

  • What if I do not own a vehicle and was in a rental car or business vehicle at the time of the offense?
    The Florida State Statutes are very specific on these issues and should be discussed with your Probation Officer.

Probation Fees
  • Can I pay court fees at the Probation Office?
    No. Court fees can only be paid at the Seminole County Clerk of the Court which is located at 101 Eslinger Way in Sanford.

  • What do I do if I cannot afford probation?
    If a probationer advises they cannot afford to pay the Cost of Supervision, they will be asked to complete a financial affidavit and provide proof of indigence. Thee probationer may be asked to provide proof of income, copy of tax documents, etc.

  • What type of payment does probation accept?
    Probation can take payment via a credit card, debit card, money order or cashier’s check. We do not accept cash or personal checks.

  • Where and when do I pay for cost of supervision?
    Cost of supervision can be paid monthly either when you meet with your probation officer or by the 5th of the month.

  • Where can I pay the cost of investigation?
    Cost of investigation can be paid at the specified law enforcement agency you were ordered to pay -or- you may drop off a money order made out to the specified law enforcement agency to the probation office. If you pay the specified law enforcement agency directly, you will be required to provide probation with proof of your payment.

  • Who do I make the money order payable to?
    Cost of Supervision: Board of County Commissioners (BOCC)
    Community Service Insurance: Board of County Commissioners (BOCC)
    Vehicle Immobilization: Board of County Commissioners (BOCC)
    Cost if Investigation: make payable to the specific law enforcement agency (this may be paid at the Probation office; we will forward the payment).

Other Probation Questions
  • How can I get my driver’s license back?
    All questions relating to driver’s licenses should be addressed with the Department of Highway Safety and Motor vehicles (DHMV).

  • May I have my probation transferred to another county or state?
    This needs to be discussed with your Probation Officer on a case to case basis.

  • What are the standard conditions of probation?
    1. No later than the fifth day of each month, you will make a full and truthful report to your probation office on the form provided.
    2. You will pay the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) $60.00 per month plus any other statutory surcharge toward the cost of supervision, unless otherwise waived in compliance with Florida State Statutes.
    3. You will not change your residents, employment or leave the county of your residence without first procuring the consent of your probation officer.
    4. You will not possess, carry or own any weapons without first procuring the consent of your probation officer.
    5. You will live without violating the law. A conviction in a court of law shall not be necessary for such a violation to constitute a violation of your probation.
    6. You will not associate with any person engaged in any criminal activity.
    7. You will not use intoxicants to excess or possess any drugs or narcotics unless prescribed by a physician. Nor will you visit places where intoxicants, drugs or other dangerous substances are unlawfully sold, dispensed or used.
    8. You will work diligently at a lawful occupation, advise your employer of your probation and support any other dependents to the best of your ability, as directed by your probation office.
    9. You will promptly and truthfully answer all inquiries directed to you by the court or any probation officer. You will allow your officer to visit your home, your employment site or anywhere else. You will comply with all instructions your probation officer may give you.
    10. You will report in person within 72 hours of your release from confinement or sentencing to the Probation Office located at 212 Eslinger Way in Sanford unless otherwise instructed by your probation officer.

  • What if I have documents to submit and my Probation Officer is not working?
    Your Probation Officer does not need to be working for you to submit documents. Most business can be completed at the front window of the Probation Office which is located at 212 Eslinger Way in Sanford.

  • What should I bring with me to intake?
    You should have all court documentation, the first month’s cost of supervision ($60.00) and community service insurance payment ($3.95 for every 50 hours). Additionally, if you have completed any Court ordered classes or counseling, make sure you bring your certificates of completion.

  • Will you contact my employer?
    Generally, no however this should be discussed with your Probation Officer on a case to case basis.



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Sanford, Florida 32773
Phone: (407) 665-6600