Serving Probation in Arizona is different than any other state. Each state has its own probation laws.
Probation is a period of time that an individual is actively observed by a probation office, usually through the use of scheduled meetings and sometimes combined with random visits to the individual’s home. Probation is an alternative to incarceration (jail or prison time), as it allows for an individual to be monitored while still being able to live a normal life.
Probation laws vary from state to state. In Arizona, the duration of probation relies heavily on the type of criminal act that was perpetrated. The following are general guidelines for probation, though the actual sentencing can vary on a case-to-case basis.
Class 3 Misdemeanor – Up to One Year Probation
Class 2 Misdemeanor – Up to Two Years Probation
Class 1 Misdemeanor – Up to Three Years Probation
Class 5 & 6 Felony – Up to Three Years Probation
Class 4 Felony – Up to Four Years Probation
Class 3 Felony – Up to Five Years Probation
Class 2 Felony – Up to Seven Years Probation
Again, these are general guidelines or estimates of probation times in the state of Arizona. There are a number of felony convictions that do not fall within these guidelines and have their own set amount of probation time tied to a conviction. Good criminal defense attorneys work with criminal prosecutors to reduce probation times as much as possible.
Violating your probation is a whole other matter with its own set of consequences. Refer to our probation violations page for more information on defending a probation violation in Arizona.
If you are being charged with a crime in Arizona and are seeking representation, contact us today for a free consultation. We’ll talk in detail about the specifics of your case, possible outcomes, and what you can expect from your criminal trial. Call 480-245-5550 or use the form below to meet with Arizona criminal defense attorney Charlie Naegle immediately. We look forward to working with you.