The Probation Monitoring Division is responsible for the monitoring of offenders placed on probation by the Court. Probation is ordered by a judge as an alternative to incarceration and allows the convicted person to remain in the community.
The purpose of probation is three fold:
- To ensure that the orders and requirements imposed by the Court are met
- Ensure the public safety
- Provide for the rehabilitation of the offender
The period of probation is determined by the Arizona Revised Statues and may continue for the following periods:
- Class 1 misdemeanor- three (3) years, with the exception of DUI convictions which is five (5) years
- Class 2 misdemeanor- two (2) years
- Class 3 misdemeanor- one (1) year
When the court has required, as a condition of probation, that the defendant make restitution for any economic loss related to the defendant’s offense and that condition has not been satisfied, the court at any time prior to the termination or expiration of probation may extend the period for not more than one (1) year.
When the court imposes a term of probation on a defendant they are assigned to a probation monitoring officer who will monitor and assist them. The defendant may be ordered to pay fines, fees and restitution, participate in counseling or substance abuse treatment programs, submit to breathalyzer and urinalysis testing, and abstain from alcohol. The probation monitoring officer will interview the defendant and make the appropriate referral to counseling, treatment or mental health programs and monitor the defendant to ensure adherence to the conditions of probation. The defendant must cooperate with the monitoring officer in complying with the specified terms and conditions of probation. If the defendant violates the conditions of probation the probation monitoring officer initiates a petition to revoke probation and testifies in court as a witness during hearings on these matters.
The Probation Department is located on the 4th floor of Tucson City Court, Room 401.
Phone: (520) 791-2581