Adult probation

Adult Field Services (probation) works with the courts, community, victims, and offenders to:

  • Assess defendants booked into jail
  • Conduct pre-sentencing investigations and preparing criminal history summaries
  • Supervise offenders in the community
  • Provide transitional services for offenders leaving state prisons
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Find a probation officer or location

We work with law enforcement, social services, neighborhood groups, local businesses, and nonprofits to reduce the risk of new crimes.

If you have a complaint about a probation or parole officer, you can make it in writing or in person to the officer's supervisor. The supervisor will respond within 10 business days. If still unsatisfied, you can make a complaint to the officer's program manager. Call your probation office for contact information.

If the complaint involves interpretation of a court order or condition of probation, contact your defense attorney.

Fees

Service fees are assessed based on the level of offense and a defendant's ability to pay.

Offense Private attorney clients Public Defender clients
Misdemeanor $250.00 $125.00
Gross misdemeanor $300.00 $150.00
Felony $350.00 $175.00
UA center charge $100.00 $50.00


If fees are not paid, probationers will be placed in the revenue recapture program and any outstanding amount will be deducted from state tax refunds.

Rights and responsibilities for probationer

Conditions of probation

There are standard rules required of everyone placed on probation, such as regular reporting and remaining law-abiding. The court may also impose conditions appropriate to the individual, such as chemical dependency treatment, counseling, jail time, restitution, or no contact with the victim.

You are required to report to a probation officer from weekly to monthly, depending on the supervision program and the length of time they have been on probation. The place and time of these contacts will be determined by the probation officer.

Leaving the state

If you are on felony probation you must obtain permission from your probation officer to leave Minnesota. A permanent move to another state may require transfer of supervision to an agent in the other state and permission of the new state. Some states do not accept the transfer of individuals convicted of sex offenses.

Leaving the country

If you are on felony probation you must consult with your probation or parole officer before any international travel. Some countries do not allow visitors with convictions, even after discharge from probation.

Voting and holding public office

If you are convicted of a felony you lose the right to vote or hold public office until court-ordered discharge from probation or end of sentence. At that time, your civil rights are restored, including the right to vote in this state and the right to be elected to public office.

Possession of firearms

State and federal laws prohibit the possession or use of firearms by people convicted of certain offenses. Please talk to your attorney or the Hennepin County Attorney's Office if you have questions about your particular situation.

Employment and residence

If you have a criminal conviction, you may be restricted from certain jobs, such as school bus driver, teacher, and health care worker. In addition, apartment owners have the right to refuse to rent to a person with a felony conviction.

Release of information

Some information about you may be released to the public including:

  • Name, age, date of birth, gender and occupation (not place of employment)
  • The offense for which you were originally charged
  • The offense for which you were sentenced
  • The names of the judge, attorneys and probation officer
  • Information contained in documents filed with the Clerk of Court

There are also special community notification and offender registration requirements for certain predatory offenders. The release of other information requires a court order or authorization from the probationer.

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