The Probation Process
If a defendant pleads guilty,
no contest, or is found guilty at trial, the judge may request a pre-sentence
investigation from the Probation Department. To compile this investigation,
the Probation Officer interviews the defendant (and the defendant's parent or
guardian in juvenile cases), reviews criminal history and personal background
information, contacts the victim(s) if restitution is involved, and
provides sentencing recommendations to the judge. Based on this information,
the judge may sentence the defendant to probation for up to one year.
The Probation Officer is responsible for monitoring and ensuring compliance
with the conditions ordered by the judge. Failure to comply with these
terms and conditions may result in further court action, which may include
the imposition of suspended fines or jail time. Juveniles may be sentenced
to detention for failing to comply with court orders.
A probation sentence may include one or more of the following conditions:
Fines and Court Costs
Probationers are responsible for the payment of fines, fees, and court
costs imposed in their case. Depending on the type of offense, the
maximum fine the judge can impose is $999. All probationers have the
option of performing community service in lieu of paying fines, costs,
Depending on the type of offense, the judge has the authority
to order the probationer to serve a jail sentence. Additionally, probationers
who are found in violation of probation for failing to comply with
the terms and conditions of their sentence may be found in contempt
of court and sentenced to jail or detention.
If a violation of probation occurs, a juvenile probationer may be
sentenced to home detention. This intermediate sanction requires the
probationer to wear an electronic ankle bracelet that monitors and
ensures the probationer's whereabouts. If the probationer moves outside
the range of his or her home, the probation officer is immediately
notified, and the probationer is subject to further court action.
The court does require adult and juvenile probationers to comply with
mandatory community service hours, and all probationers have the option
of performing community service in lieu of paying fines, costs, and
fees. Community service MUST be performed at non-profit, charitable
agencies. All juveniles 17 years of age and younger are required to perform community service
hours through the Probation Departments supervised community service
work program. Probationers 18 years of age and older are allowed to select their own community
service agency. A list of non-profit
agencies and city departments that utilize the community service work
program is available on this Web site.
Life Choices Educational Classes
Probationers age 25 and under may be required to attend court mandated classes presented by the Street Beat program, designed to help young
people set goals and be successful. A one day general offender program
presented by ISAE is offered to probationers 26 and over and in some cases for first time juvenile offenders. This class encourages participants
to examine the decision-making process that led to their offenses
and teaches positive life skills. This class is also offered in Spanish.
Probationers who are assessed to be experiencing mental health issues
and/or substance abuse issues may be required to comply with court-ordered
counseling and treatment. Counseling services are available privately
or through county agencies. Juvenile probationers who present substance abuse issues can be referred to a weekly Substance Education Group (SEG) that the department currently contracts with.
In cases involving victims (excluding traffic violations), the court
may order the probationer to compensate the victim(s) for out-of-pocket
losses. A total of $8,805 was collected in the form of restitution
Drug Urinalysis and Breathalyzer Tests
Probationers who are assessed to be experiencing substance abuse issues
may be required to submit to random drug urinalysis and alcohol breathalyzer
tests. Testing is administered by several local vendors in Longmont.
If you have any other questions, please contact
the Longmont Municipal Probation Department (303-774-4744) or the Longmont
Municipal Court (303-651-8688).
Some principles for growth explored in our Street Beat education
1. A great leader comes along once in a lifetime. Great problems come
two to three times a week.
2. Learn to say no to the bad so you can say yes to the
3. Ninety-five percent of achieving is knowing what you want, and being
willing to pay the price to get it.
4. A person who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back to the
5. People and rubber bands have one thing in common: They must be stretched
to be effective.
6. There are two quick ways to disaster: taking nobody's advice and
taking everybody's advice.
7. People tend to stay motivated when they see the value of the things
8. We cannot expect people to do the right thing unless they know the
right thing to do.
9. We all have motivation. We just sometimes forget to use it.