What is the difference between probation, community control, and parole?
Probation, which is also known as community control, is a period of supervision imposed by the Court in lieu of a prison sentence. Community control supervision at this level is the responsibility of the Richland County Adult Probation Department.
If, however, a person is sentenced to prison, upon release he or she may be placed on parole, which is also known as post-release control (PRC). Whether a person is on PRC supervision is determined by the crime for which the person was sentenced; not all crimes carry a period of PRC upon release from prison. PRC supervision is the responsibility of the State of Ohio Adult Parole Authority
What can I expect while on Community Control?
Community Control is granted by a Judge and is overseen by a probation officer. The judge will impose specific terms of supervision, including length of community control. Additional conditions are tailored to the specific risks and needs of each person placed on community control. These may include performing community work service work, staying alcohol and drug free, random drug testing, paying fines/court costs/restitution/fees, attending programming to assist with employment, mental health and/ or substance abuse treatment, restricted travel, and searches of your person or property without a warrant. The goal of probation is to assist the probationer in making prosocial behavioral changes and avoid re-arrest.
What are my legal rights at a violation hearing?
During a violation hearing, it must be shown that you, more likely than not, violated a term or condition of your supervision using a "preponderance of the evidence" standard. Generally, you have a right to learn of any new charges against you and to present evidence in court before the judge that may support your case and/or refute the evidence brought against you. You may want to consult with an attorney or other legal professional regarding the rights available to you.
Can I get an Early Release from Community Control?
You may be eligible for an early release from supervision, yet it is entirely discretionary (not mandatory) for a judge to grant. Typically, the judge will require you to have served a good portion of your supervision period before eligibility for early release. In addition, the judge may require all of the imposed conditions be met. For example, treatment has been successfully completed, remained alcohol and/ or drug free, maintained full time employment, community service performed, and paid costs, fines, restitution.
Where do I pay court costs, fines, restitution and supervision fees?
Payments towards restitution and supervision fees are accepted in the Probation Department at the Richland County Courthouse (3rd Floor). Payments can be made using cash, money order, or a credit card. Credit card payments require a valid ID which matches the name on the credit card.