Felony Arrests Often End with Probation and Jail

September 14, 2011

If you’re arrested for a felony crime in California, what’s likely to happen to you?

According to the California Department of Justice’s 2010 Crime Report, chances are you’ll be prosecuted, convicted and sentenced to California felony probation with jail time.

That means you’ll serve a stint of up to a year in county jail and then complete a term of up to five more years under the supervision of a criminal court judge and county probation officer.

Eighty-one percent of the nearly 300,000 felony arrests in California in 2010 proceeded to criminal court for disposition. Those cases resulted in 36,378 dismissals (12.2%), 603 acquittals (.02%) and 201,820 convictions (67.6%).

Fifty-eight percent of those arrested for a felony ultimately received probation with jail. The others received prison sentences, probation without jail or just jail.

California felony probation is different from misdemeanor probation. Felony probationers must meet with probation officers, comply with drug tests and submit to searches of their cars and homes. Violations can be sanctioned with up to 18 months in state prison.

The Crime Report contains information about other crime and criminal justice-related topics, as well, including breakdowns of crimes by county and offense type, and tallies of statewide law enforcement personnel, domestic violence calls and citizen complaints against peace officers.